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Still recourse for family after NPA leave Zuma's son scot-free for fatal crash

19 July 2017 5:13 PM
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NPA allegedly let Duduzane Zuma off the hook, despite a magistrate ruling he must be held liable for a woman's death in car crash.

It has alleged that National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) declined to prosecute President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma for his involvement in a car crash in 2014.

This comes despite a ruling by a magistrate that Duduzane was responsible.

According to the Business Day, the NPA made the decision eight months after Randburg Magistrate Lalitha Chetty found, during an inquest, that Zuma had been driving negligently.

This was revealed in leaked emails, which show that the NPA decided not to criminally prosecute Duduzane.

Two woman died after the taxi they were traveling in collided with his high-powered Posrche on the M1 in Johannesburg.

Phumzile Dube died on the scene and Jeanette Mashaba later died of natural causes in the hospital.

Meanwhile, criminal law expert Advocate Mannie Witz says Dube's family has two options for legal recourse.

He explains that the family can either take the matter up with National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Advocate Shaun Abrahams or conduct a private prosecution.

The family have the right to see NDPP Shaun Abrahams or one of his representatives for them to reconsider this decision.

Advocate Mannie Witz, criminal law expert

Alternatively, they can do a private prosecution. They'll get a certificate from the NDPP saying they declined to prosecute. After lodging a deposit at the local magistrate court within three months, they can bring a private prosecution.

Advocate Mannie Witz, criminal law expert

Witz advises that a private prosecution will not affect the families civil lawsuit.

Take a listen to Advocate Mannie Witz explain:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Still recourse for family after NPA leave Zuma's son scot-free for fatal crash


19 July 2017 5:13 PM
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Duduzane Zuma
Car crash

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