Zuma son's inquest set for November

Johannesburg - The formal inquest into whether President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane can be held responsible for a fatal taxi accident was postponed in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

He will return to the court in November for the inquest into the crash in which taxi passenger Phumzile Dube died after his Porsche hit the back of the taxi and the taxi overturned.

The inquest will run from 4 to 14 November.

Dressed in a black suit and a tie, Zuma sat next to another man in the back of the court before proceedings began.

His previous lawyer, Pieter van der Merwe, told the court he would no longer be representing the president's son and was handing the matter over to his senior, Gary Mazaham.

Message not received

Zuma missed the last scheduled proceedings on 12 August.

Mazaham apologised on his behalf, claiming he had not received the message that he was meant to appear in court on the day.

The confusion was between the investigating officer and Mazaham's nephew Richard, who was supposed to have told Zuma that he had been subpoenaed to appear in court.

Mazaham told the court his nephew was "particularly negligent".

He told the court, however, that his nephew had nothing to do with the case but was a business associate of Zuma's.

Magistrate Lalita Chetty accepted the apology and asked for Zuma.

He emerged from the public gallery and made his way to Mazaham, seemingly unaware of where to sit.

Porsche rear-ended taxi

At the time, metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the Porsche rear-ended the taxi on the M1 south off-ramp to Grayston Drive in Sandton.

Three other people were injured in the crash.

The court heard that a second person, who was one of the injured, had since died.

Jeanette Mashaba died in May, three months after the accident.

But prosecutor Yusuf Baba told the court they would not be pursuing an inquest into her death as her death certificate stated that she had died of natural causes.

Eckhart Piprek 2014/08/22 12:24:24 PM
Why the inquest? Charge him with culpable homicide and murder.
Claire Rees645 2014/08/22 12:29:43 PM
luckyluke 2014/08/22 12:39:52 PM
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/22 12:45:08 PM
Delayed, just like his brain power> No surprises here then.
Ronewa Marageni 2014/08/22 12:47:14 PM
zuma himself mustgo to court for corruption charges
Steven Healey 2014/08/22 12:55:25 PM
Sipho , the whole family is scandalous and corrupt , remember dear old nephew "aurora" daughter also now finding herself in high positions !!!!!
To Tyu 2014/08/22 12:59:08 PM
guillotine him
Dewald Jonker 2014/08/22 01:21:53 PM
pretty sure my tax money paid for that Porsche
JordanB 2014/08/22 01:31:00 PM
I say we see the trail happen live on tv! If Oscar gets a channel then so can little DUMA, sorry I mean Zuma.. And then let's see how it plays out live with SA watching! ??
Ria Cook 2014/08/22 01:31:35 PM
Glad he could fit this court appearance into his busy schedule!