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NPA still to decide on Duduzane Zuma charge

An inquest found the president's son's negligence led to the death of Phumzile Dube in February.

FILE: Duduzane Zuma. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it cannot yet confirm whether it will charge Duduzane Zuma with culpable homicide over a fatal car crash.

An inquest has found the president's son's negligence led to the death of Phumzile Dube on the night of the accident in February on the Grayston off-ramp in Sandton.

Zuma hit the back of a taxi and Dube was killed instantly and another woman, Jeanette Mashaba, died a few months later.

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

However, magistrate Lolita Chetty says he should have slowed down and that by not doing so he exposed himself and others to danger.

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.