Explainer: What will happen to Duduzane Zuma if he is found guilty?

Explainer: What will happen to Duduzane Zuma if he is found guilty?

Duduzane Zuma's trial resumes today in the Randburg Magistrate's Court, where he is is facing two different charges. Briefly.co.za explores what could happen, if the former president's son is found guilty and the sentence that he could be served with if this is the case.

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Duduzane Zuma's trial has kicked off once again today in the Randburg Magistrate's Court, where he is facing two different charges.

Jacob Zuma's son is facing charges of reckless and negligent driving after his Porsche collided with the back of a taxi, killing one on impact, with another dying in hospital a few weeks later.

For the deaths, Duduzane is facing culpable homicide charges, even though it has not yet been proven that the later death was as a result of the accident.

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For the negligent driving charge, Duduzane is looking at a 6-month jail sentence if proven guilty. However, according to The South African, a fine can also be handed down and given his family background, this is probably the route he would take when the time comes.

The culpable homicide charge, on the other hand, carries a far more hefty price. If Zuma Jnr is found guilty on this charge he could be facing a 15-year jail sentence in the worst case scenario. 4, 5 and 8 year sentences have also been handed out for this charge, with Oscar Pistorius receiving 13 years in prison.

In a more extreme case, one motorist was found guilty on three counts of negligent driving and culpable homicide, and had been handed a 20-year sentence.

Duduzane has always claimed that he had done his best to stop the vehicle in time, but that the sports car had 'aquaplanned'. Expert have thus far been unable to prove that this was the case.

While only time will tell what will befall Duduzane, prison time is not too far-fetched a concept. Any guilty verdict, ignoring his political connections, could be a serious threat to his freedom.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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