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Duduzane Zuma's defence argues he can't be held liable for death

Phumzile Dube died in February after Zuma's car hit the back of a taxi on the M1 highway in Sandton.

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

JOHANNESBURG - A lawyer for President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane Zuma, has told an inquest that he can't be held liable for the death of a woman in an accident involving his Porsche.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) established the inquest to determine whether the crash was caused by human error and if Zuma should go on trial.

Phumzile Dube died in February after Zuma's car hit the back of a taxi on the M1 highway in Sandton.

His defence has blamed the accident on bad weather and poor drainage on the road.

Defence attorney Gary Mazaham says there is not enough evidence to prove that Zuma was responsible for the fatal crash.

Mazaham has blamed a poor water drainage system, adding that Zuma would have still lost control of his Porsche even if he had travelled at a lesser speed.

He said the president's son has apologised to the bereaved families not because he is admitting to guilt, but to express his condolences, which the families have accepted.

Mazaham argued that both Zuma and taxi driver Jabulani Dlamini should face a criminal inquiry.

None of the legal teams have found that Dlamini should be held liable for the accident.

'ZUMA SHOULD BE CRIMINALLY LIABLE'

A state prosecutor has meanwhile told the inquest that Zuma should be held criminally liable for the fatal accident.

The state has argued that he was negligent because he didn't reduce his speed in the wet conditions like a reasonable driver should.

The state's evidence leader Yusuf Baba says there only needs to be evidence of one percent to justify a culpable homicide charge and there's more than enough to charge Zuma with this.

Court has adjourned and Magistrate Lolita Chetty is expected to present her decision on whether Zuma should face criminal charges on 11 December.

'E-TOLLING UNRELIABLE '

Earlier, Zuma's defence said the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)'s e-tolling system is inconsistent and unreliable, with documents showing his Porsche and a taxi going through the gantries at the wrong times.

The state had decided to use Zuma's e-toll bill to determine what speed Zuma and Dlamini were travelling at on the night Dube was killed.

The invoice was supposed to determine whether the president's son was following the speed limit on the night in question.

But this evidence has proven to be unreliable after documents from Sanral showed the two vehicles going through the gantries on the N1 highway at the wrong times.