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Duduzane Zuma’s trial to continue as application to discharge dismissed

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The Randburg Magistrates’ Court is to continue its hearings in relation to former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, who was allegedly involved in a fatal road crash.

On Friday, Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase decided to dismiss Zuma’s application for a discharge of his culpable homicide charge. The judge stated that the testimonies from six witnesses brought by the State were enough in order not to close the case.

On February 1, 2014, Zuma was driving his Porsche when it collided with the side of a minibus taxi. One of the victims — Phumzile Dube — died immediately on the scene, while Nanki Jeanette Mashaba who also received injuries passed away in hospital weeks later.

A culpable homicide charge in relation to Mashaba was later dropped as the investigation showed that her death was the result of a pre-existing condition and not the accident.

Zuma’s lawyers argued with the court on Wednesday that their client’s count of negligent driving should be dismissed. According to the State, his culpability did not lie in his car sliding after hitting a puddle of water, but in not doing enough beforehand to drive more safely.

The case hearing is to resume in May.

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