Breaking: State withdraws one charge against Duduzanne Zuma

On Tuesday, the Randburg Magistrates Court  withdrew one charge against Duduzane Zuma. However,  the State informed the magistrate that it was withdrawing one of the culpable homicide counts.

Former President Jacob Zuma’s son is being prosecuted for a deadly 2016 car crash.

Duduzane Zuma was initially charged with two counts of culpable homicide for causing the deaths of Phumzile Dube and Nanki Mashaba.

Dube died on the scene of the crash while Mashaba died in hospital several weeks later.

She State told the court this morning that it was withdrawing the second count linked to the death of Mashaba.

Zuma was facing two charges of culpable homicide and a count of negligent drivingrelating to a car crash on February 1, 2014, on the M1 highway in Gauteng.

On the day, he was driving his Porsche when it rear-ended a minibus taxi, resulting in the death of Zimbabwean national, Phumzile Dube.

The state decided to withdraw the second charge after it had been established that Nanki Jeanette Mashaba, a passenger in the taxi that was rear-ended by Zuma’s Porsche, had a pre-existing condition that caused her death in hospital weeks following the incident.

The National Prosecuting Authority had previously declined to prosecute Zuma, but changed its mind after lobby group AfriForum asked to privately prosecute him.

The trial has been set down for four days.

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