Duduzane Zuma, the son of former South African president Jacob Zuma, arrives at the Johannesburg's Specialised Commercial Crime court on charges of corruption, in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 9,2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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Duduzane Zuma back in Joburg court on culpable homicide charges

JOHANNESBURG,  July 12 – Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma, is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, to face two counts of culpable homicide in connection with a 2014 car crash.

His car rear-ended Jabulani Vusi Dlamini’s minibus taxi on the M1 South off-ramp to Grayston Drive in Sandton. Phumzile Dube was killed and three other passengers were injured. One of the injured women has since died.

On July 3, the Randburg Magistrate’s Court summoned Zuma to appear in court on July 12.

The National Prosecuting Authority, in August 2015, decided not to prosecute Duduzane, despite the findings of an inquest that he was negligent in the accident.

“He failed to conduct himself in a reasonable manner under the circumstances,” Randburg Magistrate’s Court Magistrate Lolita Chetty said at the time, after the inquest.

During the inquest, Zuma said he lost control of his Porsche after it hit a puddle in rainy conditions.

On Monday, in an unrelated matter, Zuma appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday, to face a charge of corruption allegedly linked to a R600-million-bribe complaint by former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas.

The businessman, who after a lengthy absence returned to South Africa on July 5, to bury his brother Vusi. At the weekend Vusi, 25, was laid to rest at the West Park Cemetery – a week after he died at the Milpark Hospital. He succumbed to complications of systematic lupus erythematosus.

The Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court granted the businessman R100,000 bail and the matter was postponed to January 24, 2019 to allow for further investigations.

The State, which alleges that Zuma and his business partners the Gupta Brothers hatched a plot to entice Jonas to do their bidding by offering him the bribe, did not oppose bail. As part of his bail conditions, Zuma agreed to hand in his passport. (ANA)

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