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Zuma’s son investigated over fatal South Africa car crash

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-09

A son of South Africa's president is being investigated in a case of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, after his car collided with a minibus taxi on February 1, killing one woman, South African media reported Sunday.

Duduzane Zuma, son of President Jacob Zuma (pictured), was driving a Porsche when the accident happened in Sandton, an affluent area of Johannesburg, according to South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper.

The fatality was 30-year-old Zimbabwean national Phumzile Dube, who was buried in her home country on Saturday, the Sunday Times reported.

Her husband told the newspaper that no one had contacted the family.

"Zuma killed my wife and I want justice," said Themba Dube. "It doesn't matter whether he is the president's son – justice doesn't have eyes."

Brigadier Neville Malila, a provincial police spokesman, said one person died and two others were injured in a road accident on Feb. 1, but he declined to reveal the names of the drivers, pending an investigation.

“We are investigating a case of culpable homicide,” he said.

The case is politically sensitive for the president, who has been criticised amid allegations of corruption in his government and a multi-million dollar upgrade of his private estate that triggered public outrage because it was paid for by the state.

On Friday, Zuma announced that general elections will be held May 7 in what he called an opportunity to build on South Africa's democracy, 20 years after the end of white minority rule.

The political opposition has alleged that police gave Duduzane preferential treatment at the crash site, citing reports that he was not given a mandatory alcohol breath test and was allowed to have the car towed instead of it being impounded as evidence.

The Democratic Alliance, the main opposition party, urged South Africa's police watchdog body to investigate.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and AFP)

Date created : 2014-02-09

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