Son of South African President Zuma investigated over fatal car crash

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 February, 2014, 4:54pm
UPDATED : Monday, 10 February, 2014, 3:38am

South African leader 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 said yesterday.

The crash happened late on February 1 in heavy rain but was linked to Duduzane only this weekend, just 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, who is already fighting a scandal over a 206 million rand (HK$144 million) state-funded security upgrade to his private home.

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

"One person died and two are still in hospital. 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 newspaper named the dead person as Zimbabwean Phumzile Dube, 30. 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," Dube told the newspaper. "It doesn't matter whether he is the president's son. Justice doesn't have eyes. Everybody is equal before the law."

The news report said Duduzane, a wealthy businessman, had not been breathalysed.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) urged Zuma and his government - which is likely to win re-election in May - to assure South Africans that there would be no cover-up.

"The DA will closely monitor this case to ensure that there is no cover-up," opposition police spokeswoman Dianne Kohler Barnard said.