Dash of speed ex­pected in Zuma crash hear­ing

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SHAIN GER­MANER

THE IN­QUEST into the fa­tal ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing Duduzane Zuma should be com­pleted be­fore the end of the year, with in­tense clos­ing ar­gu­ments ex­pected on Mon­day.

PresidentJa­cob Zuma’s son and minibus taxi driver Jabu Dlamini are the sub­jects of an in­quest to de­ter­mine who was at fault in the ac­ci­dent that claimed the life of a young mother Phumzile Dube.

Zuma and his lawyer Gary Maza­ham have claimed that on Fe­bru­ary 1 this year, Zuma hit a pud­dle on the M1 South near Grayston Drive in Sand­ton, seem­ingly aqua­plan­ing into the back of Dlamini’s taxi. The minibus was sent into the nearby bar­rier, and Dube died at the scene.

Zuma claimed ear­lier dur­ing the in­quest he was trav­el­ling through heavy rain at about 90km/h to 100km/h.

The ev­i­dence leader, Yusuf Baba, has ar­gued that if Zuma had not been trav­el­ling at such a speed on a de­cline but rather acted like a “rea­son­able” driver, the ac­ci­dent could have been avoided.

In the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day, clos­ing ar­gu­ments were set to be­gin, but Baba an­nounced that both he and Maza­ham needed more time, as both of their heads of ar­gu­ment were go­ing to be hun­dreds of pages long.

Mag­is­trate Lalita Chetty was wary when Baba asked for two weeks to pre­pare, but seemed sat­is­fied with the in­quest con­tin­u­ing on Mon­day. She still ex­pected to wrap up the in­quest be­fore the end of this year, she said.

It’s un­der­stood that Zuma’s tes­ti­mony and ex­pert ev­i­dence from ac­ci­dent an­a­lyst Jo­hannes Stri­j­dom will be the fo­cal point of both ar­gu­ments.

Last week, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Dlamini and Dube’s fam­ily called Stri­j­dom’s ev­i­dence “long­winded” and eva­sive, and asked that it be re­jected by the court.

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