Duduzane Zuma owns up to fatal crash

Former president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane took to the stand to present his defence in his culpable homicide case in the Randburg magistrate's court yesterday.
Former president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane took to the stand to present his defence in his culpable homicide case in the Randburg magistrate's court yesterday.
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Duduzane Zuma has told the Randburg magistrate's court that he sympathises with the families of the two people who died when his Porsche collided with a minibus taxi in 2014.

"It's a traumatic experience for everybody. I was fortunate to walk away with my life. I take responsibility for what happened. I do sympathise with people who were affected," Zuma said when he took the stand yesterday.

He is facing a charge of culpable homicide, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Minibus taxi passengers Phumzile Dube and Jeanette Mashaba died after Zuma's car crashed into a minibus taxi on the M1 South near the Grayston turnoff in Johannesburg.

In his previous court appearance, Zuma had applied for a discharge. Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase found, however, that Zuma had a case to answer.

The family of Dube said they were struggling to deal with the ongoing court case.

This is according to Elias Maangwale, a senior private investigator at AfriForum's private investigation unit.

"It's difficult for the family, especially the mother of the deceased. But we are happy that the accused is in the box, under cross-examination," Maangwale said.

Presenting his defence, Zuma told the court that he did not know that he had collided with another vehicle after he lost control of his car.

"I'm not sure what happened when the car was spinning," he said.

Zuma said the car spun and veered to the left, from the right-hand lane, after he hit a puddle of water on the road.

He said he did not see the pool of water before losing control of the vehicle.

"It would have been difficult to spot the pool of water. It was raining, there was poor visibility. Seeing pools of water is impossible in poor lighting. In my perspective, it was impossible to avoid what happened," Zuma said.

After he hit the water, Zuma said he lost control of his car.

He said that he had reduced his speed from 120km/h when it started to rain heavily.

The trial continues.

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