- Former president Jacob Zuma made an appearance at the Randburg Magistrates Court to support his son Duduzane Zuma
- Duduzane faces charges of culpable homicide and negligent driving in relation to a 2014 road accident in which one person died
- The matter has been postponed to 26 October 2018
Former president Jacob Zuma made a surprise visit to the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday. The former president appeared in court to show support for his son Duduzane Zuma who is facing charges of culpable homicide and negligent driving.
Both Zuma’s arrived at court together shortly before proceedings were set to start. The elder Zuma took his place in the gallery and appeared to be in a jovial mood. He was seen laughing and was heard cracking jokes with the gathered media.
The charges against Duduzane relate to a 2014 road accident in which one person was killed and three others injured. Duduzane’s sports car is alleged to have crashed into a taxi on the M1 in Johannesburg.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the matter was once again postponed and will now be heard on 26 October 2018. The delay comes after the state told the court that it had only furnished the defence team with the review docket last Friday.
Duduzane’s defence team agreed that it would be ready to proceed with the matter on the proposed date.
News24.com reported that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) originally withdrew the matter because of lack of evidence but in a stunning U-turn the NPA reinstated the charges after Gerrie Nel announced he would seek to privately prosecute the matter.
During a subsequent investigation, it was found that the second woman who died after the incident died from natural causes and her death had no bearing to the incident.
Three other people were injured during the accident.
Upon hearing the news that the NPA had decided to reinstate charges against Duduzane, Nel said he was pleased and hoped that justice would be brought to the families of those died as a result of the incident.
Nel said in his opinion the state had a strong case against Duduzane and stood an above average chance of securing a conviction in the matter.
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