JOHANNESBURG, July 12 (Xinhua) — Randburg Magistrate Court on Friday acquitted Duduzane Zuma, son of former South African president Jacob Zuma, of culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving charges.
The case was related to a 2014 car crash involving Duduzane Zuma that left a minibus passenger dead.
“The accused is found not guilty both in the main and alternative account. The version of the accused is found to be reasonable,” Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase stated.
The court heard there was a lot of water on the road during the night of the crash in William Nicole drive when Duduzane Zuma’s Porsche collided with a minibus taxi.
Duduzane Zuma also said that he failed to control his vehicle after hitting a puddle.
In his judgement, the magistrate said that the state could not prove that Duduzane Zuma was speeding.
“There’s no evidence that the accused should have foreseen the puddle. There’s no evidence showing what steps he should have taken to avoid aquaplaning,” the magistrate said.
Jacob Zuma, who also showed up in the court, said he was happy and relieved that his son was acquitted.