Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Outrage online in Spain after five men cleared of gang rape

Read more

THE DEBATE

A new anti-Semitism? French open letter sparks controversy

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

Macron in Washington: After ‘bromance’, French leader tackles prickly issues

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Is GDP the best way to measure an economy?

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Trump rolls out red carpet for Macron

Read more

ENCORE!

Daniela Vega blazes a trail for transgender rights

Read more

FOCUS

Goma families terrorised by wave of child abductions

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

May in France: Lucky flowers and building bridges

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Handshakes and private toilets: How Koreas' summit is planned to (media) perfection

Read more

Africa

Zuma’s son investigated over fatal South Africa car crash

© Photo: AFP

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

  • SOUTH AFRICA

    Mandela leaves $4m estate to family, staff and ANC

    Read more

  • ISRAEL-SOUTH AFRICA

    Mandela 'trained in sabotage by Mossad'

    Read more

  • FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE

    Jacob Zuma talks Mandela, Marikana and the ICC

    Read more

COMMENT(S)