Sunday 17 December 2017

Zuma son faces probe after fatal car crash

South African President Jacob Zuma. Reuters
South African President Jacob Zuma. Reuters


South African President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, is being investigated for culpable homicide after his Porsche 911 sports car ploughed into a minivan in Johannesburg, killing one person and critically injuring two, media have said.

The crash happened late on the evening of February 1 during heavy rain but was only linked to Duduzane this weekend, one day after his father announced a general election on May 7.

If Duduzane is found to have been driving recklessly, the incident will be another embarrassment to Zuma (pictured), who is already fighting a scandal over a R206m (€13.6m) state-funded security upgrade to his private home.

Police confirmed the details of the accident but declined to name the driver or victims, in line with common practice in South Africa.

"We are investigating culpable homicide," Johannesburg police spokesman Neville Malila said. The investigation might take two to three weeks to complete, he added.

'The Sunday Times' named the dead person as 30-year-old Zimbabwean Phumzile Dube. It quoted her husband, Themba, criticising Duduzane for not contacting the family or offering to help pay for her funeral.

"Zuma killed my wife and I want justice," Mr Dube told the newspaper. "It doesn't matter whether he is the president's son – justice doesn't have eyes."

The news report said Duduzane had not been breathalysed. The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) urged Mr Zuma and his government to assure South Africans that there would be no interference in the investigation.

Irish Independent

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