Magistrate gives Duduzane Zuma final warning

By IAfrica
In South Africa
Aug 13th, 2014

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma’s son has been threatened with an arrest warrant if he fails to appear in court next Friday.

Duduzane Zuma didn’t arrive at an inquest on Tuesday into a car accident in which he is a suspect.

The NPA has confirmed another passenger involved in the February crash has recently passed away.

But the state is still investigating whether Jeanette Mashaba’s death should be included in this inquest.

A deadly crash between Zuma’s Porsche and a minibus taxi on this road left 30-year-old Phumzile Dube dead.

The NPA said it didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute either driver for culpable homicide and authorised an inquest into Dube’s death.

Every single witness arrived at the hearing – except Zuma.

Lawyer Pieter van der Merwe insists Zuma only found out about the inquest on Tuesday morning.

Magistrate Lalita Chetty says the only reason she didn’t authorise a warrant for Zuma’s arrest was because she couldn’t be sure that he’d actually been given the subpoena to appear. 

But she has made it clear that she will issue a warrant if Zuma doesn’t show at the next inquest hearing on August 22. 

* eNCA reporter Karyn Maughan has more on this story. Watch the video in the gallery above.

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