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Defence witness grilled at Duduzane Zuma inquest

The state says Johannes Strydom doesn't have knowledge of civil engineering which is required.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane Zuma. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The state has tried to discredit the defence's accident recreation expert in the inquiry probing a fatal accident involving President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, saying he doesn't have knowledge of civil engineering which is required.

Johannes Strydom is on the stand in the Randburg Magistrates Court being cross-examined by the state's evidence leader Yusuf Baba.

A woman, who was a passenger in a taxi died in the February accident, while three other people were injured.

Strydom is being grilled after admitting he doesn't have any knowledge about civil engineering which is required to determine road inclination, gradients and storm water drainage systems.

Zuma claims it was raining on the night Phumzile Dube was killed, visibility was poor and he lost control of his Porsche after hitting a puddle.

But the state is trying to prove that there were no puddles on the M1 South that day and that the Grayston Drive offramp where the accident happened inclines, and therefore, a water drainage system would have ruled out any possibility of the puddles.

Last week, taxi driver Jabulani Dlamini testified that there were no puddles on the road that night, but also conceded that he didn't look on the fast lane, where Zuma had been driving.

Dlamini's attorney, Sabelo Nobangule, has now questioned Strydom's credibility as a witness.