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Court: Duduzane Zuma's negligence led to taxi passenger's death

The NPA will now decide whether to charge President Jacob Zuma’s son with culpable homicide.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Randburg Magistrates Court has found that Duduzane Zuma's negligence led to the death of a taxi passenger in Sandton.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will now decide whether to charge Zuma for culpable homicide.

Duduzane hit the back of a taxi on Grayston Drive in Sandton in February, where 30-year-old Phumzile Dube was killed instantly and another woman, Jeanette Mashaba, died a few months later.

President Jacob Zuma's son maintained he lost control of his Porsche after hitting a puddle.

Magistrate Lolita Chetty took two weeks to examine the documentation handed to her by all legal teams involved in the inquiry.

Chetty found that Zuma failed to conduct himself in a reasonable manner on the day he caused the crash.

An inquest into the fatal accident found that the president's son should have slowed down and by not doing so, he exposed himself and others to danger.

Zuma shook hands with the prosecutor after the ruling and left the court with his colleague without making any comments.

CLOSING ARGUMENTS

Just over two weeks ago, the court heard closing arguments with state evidence leader Yusuf Baba saying Zuma should be held criminally liable for the fatal crash.

But Zuma's attorney, Gary Mazaham, blamed the accident on bad weather and poor drainage on the highway.

In July, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) declined to prosecute Zuma due to insufficient evidence and opted for an inquiry to determine whether the accident was caused by human error.

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