Duduzane Zuma case: Victim’s family not harbouring bad feelings
Phumzile Dube’s family are happy with the outcome of the inquest and are on the way to getting closure.
JOHANNESBURG - The family of the woman killed in a crash involving the president's son say they don't harbour any bad feelings against Duduzane Zuma after an inquest found that he had acted negligently.
Magistrate Lolita Chetty concluded today that Zuma should've been driving slowly to avoid the crash on Grayson Drive in Sandton in February in which Phumzile Dube was killed.
Chetty rejected Zuma's defence that wet weather conditions caused his Porsche to slam into a minibus taxi.
Dube's family say they are happy with the outcome of the inquest and are well on the way to getting closure.
Her brother, Albert Dube says they can now continue with their lives.
"At least I am feeling better because now I know what happened to our sister."
He says that while the family is picking up the pieces, her death has been devastating both emotionally and financially.
"I have a financial and emotional problem."
Although the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is yet to confirm whether the president's son will be charged with culpable homicide, the Dube family say they are prepared to attend all future proceedings.
In July the NPA declined to prosecute Zuma due to insufficient evidence.
Today spokesperson Nathi Mncube said, "We need to on our own take into account what happened in court because that is the whole point of an inquest, to be able to get evidence under oath and it does indeed assist us in making a decision going forward."
Zuma shook hands with the prosecutor after the ruling and left the court with his colleague without making any comments.
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.