State withdraws one culpable homicide charge against Duduzane Zuma

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SURPRISE WITNESS SURFACES ON FINAL DAY OF DUDUZANE ZUMA TRIAL

JOHANNESBURG - The Randburg Magistrates Court has concluded evidence in Duduzane Zuma’s culpable homicide trial and will hear closing argument on 20 June.

But the family of the victim Phumzile Dube had been taken by surprise that the last witness - Michael Jankelowitz-Roberts - had only come forward on Thursday.

Jankelowitz-Roberts told the court that Zuma was not speeding when he passed him before the crash that claimed Dube’s life in February 2013.

Five years after Zuma crashed his Porsche into a minibus taxi on the M1 near Sandton, Jankelowitz-Roberts has come forward claiming he passed the scene just moments after the collision.

He told the court he had a clear view of Zuma’s registration when his Porsche passed him because it wasn’t speeding and pointed to pictures of the vehicle in court to confirm its colour.

He said he first objected when news of the crash was reported on 702 as a speeding Porsche, and he called the radio station.

He said he also found Zuma’s lawyers when he heard that Advocate Gerrie Nel would prosecute the case because he thought Zuma wouldn’t get a fair trial.
More at : https://ewn.co.za/2019/05/16/surprise-witness-surfaces-on-final-day-of-duduzane-zuma-trial
 

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Witness denies Duduzane Zuma was 'driving at an excessive speed' before crash

JOHANNESBURG - Duduzane Zuma was not speeding when he crashed his Porsche into a minibus taxi during a storm in Johannesburg in 2014, a man who witnessed the accident told the Randburg Magistrate's court on Thursday.

"It was raining so hard, I saw a storm that I have never seen before," a nervous-looking Michael Jankelowitz said, testifying for the defence in Zuma's culpable homicide trial.

He told the court visibility was poor because it was raining heavily. Jankelowitz said when he left Montecasino it started raining and it became harder as he got onto the M1.

Jankelowitz said he later heard about the accident on a popular radio station and called in because the radio DJ was "exaggerating" when saying the Porsche was racing.

“The car drove past my car. I saw it, he was not driving at an excessive speed,” he testified. He added that the road was excessively wet.

After 5 years Jankelowitz still remembers everything on the night when Zuma had an accident. He said he then called Zuma’s lawyer and asked if he could come forward and assist with the case.

State prosecutor Yusuf Baba asked Jankelowitz why he approached Zuma's lawyers and not the State.

“I thought Zuma would not get a fair trial and all I wanted to do was to give my facts of what happened. That is all," Jankelowitz responded.

Earlier, accident reconstruction expert Konrad Lotter corroborated Zuma’s testimony. He told the court that former president Jacob Zuma's son was not speeding on the night of the fatal crash. He said that if Zuma was speeding at a higher speed than the taxi he collided with, he would have missed it altogether.

He said Zuma and the minibus taxi driver were driving at a far lower speed than the 120km/h limit on the M1 South near Grayston Drive.
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-af...g-at-an-excessive-speed-before-crash-23352767
 

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Randburg court in stitches as Duduzane Zuma's lawyer shouts 'Mshini Wam'

Johannesburg - There was a humorous ending to Duduzane Zuma's court proceedings when his lawyer shouted "Mshini Wam" in court, leaving people in stitches.

Advocate Mike Hellens SC, blurted out the words as soon as the matter was postponed, resulting in former president Jacob Zuma, who was in court to support his son, breaking into a smile.

As people filed out court, some tried to get closer to the former statesman but his vigilant bodyguards shoved everyone aside.

He did not speak to the media as he made his way to the waiting car.

Duduzane's case which was heard at the Randburg Magistrates Court early on Thursday was later postponed.

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https://www.iol.co.za/the-star/news...uzane-zumas-lawyer-shouts-mshini-wam-26820400
 

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Duduzane Zuma can’t be guilty of culpable homicide, lawyer argues

JOHANNESBURG – Duduzane Zuma's lawyer has argued that his client cannot be guilty of culpable homicide because he couldn't have known that he would lose control of his car, resulting in the death of Phumzile Dube.
Mike Hellens has been presenting closing arguments in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday where former President Jacob Zuma was also present to support his son.
The State earlier told the court that Zuma junior failed dismally to be a prudent driver on the evening of the crash in 2014.
State prosecutor Yusuf Baba argued in his closing statement that the court should decide if Zuma took necessary precautions on the night of the crash and must find him guilty.
But Hellens said the State was implying that the driver of the minibus taxi the businessman crashed into was a saint and Zuma was a devil.
More at: https://ewn.co.za/2019/06/20/duduzane-zuma-can-t-be-guilty-of-culpable-homicide-lawyer-argues
 

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Duduzane Zuma acquitted of culpable homicide after Porsche crash

Duduzane Zuma was found not guilty of culpable homicide on Friday.
Phumzile Dube, mother to a young daughter, died after Zuma's Porsche was involved in a collision with the minibus on the M1, near the Grayston turnoff in Johannesburg, in 2014.
Her family travelled to court on Friday to hear the verdict.
Supported by former president Jacob Zuma and his sister Duduzile, he heard magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase declare that there was no evidence that he had failed to keep a proper look out. There was an unforeseeable puddle of water and there was no proof that even by reducing his speed, Zuma would have prevented aquaplaning.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...ted-of-culpable-homicide-after-porsche-crash/
 

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What speed was that?

Was a civil claim instituted against him?

Does he still live in the UAE?
He also told the court that he had been driving at a speed of about 120km/h and had hit a puddle of water, which resulted in his vehicle losing control and the vehicle spinning.
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...ted-of-culpable-homicide-after-porsche-crash/

Re - Was a civil claim instituted against him?
I doubt it considering that his dead victim was a woman who relied on a comrade taxi for her transport.

Re - Does he still live in the UAE?
Not important.

hit the back of a taxi on Grayston Drive in Sandton in February, where 30-year-old Phumzile Dube was killed instantly and another woman, Jeanette Mashaba, died a few months later.
https://ewn.co.za/2014/12/11/Court-finds-Duduzane-Zumas-negligence-lead-to-accident
Although I live in Cape Town I am not aware that any part of Grayston Drive in Sandton is a 120km/h zone.
Usually, the law regards any driver who crashes into the back of another vehicle as being at fault.
 

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https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...ted-of-culpable-homicide-after-porsche-crash/

Re - Was a civil claim instituted against him?
I doubt it considering that his dead victim was a woman who relied on a comrade taxi for her transport.

Re - Does he still live in the UAE?
Not important.


https://ewn.co.za/2014/12/11/Court-finds-Duduzane-Zumas-negligence-lead-to-accident
Although I live in Cape Town I am not aware that any part of Grayston Drive in Sandton is a 120km/h zone.
Usually, the law regards any driver who crashes into the back of another vehicle as being at fault.
Is the family even interested in pursuing a civil case against him?
 
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