E-tolls fail to prove anything in Duduzane Zuma crash inquest

The e-toll bill was supposed to determine whether Zuma's son was following the speed limit.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane is seen at the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Friday 22 August 2014. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The inquest into the fatal accident involving President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, has heard 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.

Phumzile Dube was killed in February when Zuma's Porsche crashed into a taxi in Sandton.

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.

The state had decided to use Zuma's e-toll bill to determine what speed he and taxi driver Jabulani 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.

Last week, the _Citizen _newspaper quoted Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona in an article, saying there are genuine complaints from motorists ranging from incorrect billing to "shocking charges".

Meanwhile, the e-tolls assessment panel set up by Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to make its recommendations at the end of the month.

The controversial e-tolling system went live on 3 December after months of legal wranglings, protests and calls for civil disobedience.