NPA claims victory after Duduzane Zuma case ruling

The court found there is enough evidence against Duduzane Zuma to proceed with the charges against him.

Duduzane Zuma in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on 26 March 2019 for the start of his culpable homicide trial. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is claiming victory after the Randburg Magistrates Court ruled its witnesses who testified against Duduzane Zuma in his culpable homicide case are sound.

The defence had applied for charges against Zuma to be discharged on grounds that the State does not have enough evidence and that State witnesses were not credible.

In 2014, the former president's son crashed his Porsche 911 into a taxi on the M1 in Sandton, killing passenger Phumzile Dube.

The NPA’s Phindi Mjonondwane said the State was pleased that the court sided with the prosecution, finding there is enough evidence against Zuma to proceed with the charges against him.

“We’re glad the court has ruled that the evidence of the State witnesses was not of poor nature and therefore cannot be ignored.”

Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase said evidence must only be ignored if it is of such poor quality that no reasonable person could ever accept it.

In this matter, the evidence is sufficient.

“The court concludes that there is evidence upon which the court act reasonably and convict.”

When the trial resumes in May, the defence intends to call three witnesses to the stand and Zuma is one of them.