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NPA won’t appeal Duduzane Zuma’s culpable homicide ruling

The court ruled in favour of former President Jacob Zuma's son, acquitting him of charges from a 2014 car crash that killed Zimbabwean national Phindile Dube.

FILE: Duduzane Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Friday said it would not appeal the judgment of Duduzane Zuma's culpable homicide and reckless driving case.

The Randburg Magistrates Court ruled in favour of former President Jacob Zuma's son, acquitting him of charges from a 2014 car crash that killed Zimbabwean national Phindile Dube.

READ: Duduzane Zuma’s judgment in 10 points

The court ruled state prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zuma acted recklessly on the night of the accident.

WATCH: Duduzane Zuma acquitted of culpable homicide

NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said it respected the court's decision.

“We believe it was a fair judgment. Mr Zuma was given a chance to answer to his case and was successful in doing that. So, we as the NPA have no intention of appealing the judgment because we believe that the judgement was taken after careful consideration of the evidence that was presented in court.”

Meanwhile, AfriForum said it abided by the Randburg Magistrates Court’s decision to acquit Zuma of culpable homicide charges.

Two years ago, the organisation threatened to pursue a private prosecution against Zuma after the NPA declined to prosecute him in 2015, leading to the eventual reinstatement of the charges.

Although AfriForum claimed there was prima facie evidence against Zuma, it said it had managed to achieve its goal of having him answer his case in a court of law.

AfriForum’s private prosecution investigator Elias Maangwale said: “After the National Prosecuting Authority declined to prosecute, we requested from the state to prosecute ourselves and they [NPA] changed the decision to prosecute him themselves. We had to make sure justice prevailed.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)