South Africa: Trial of Zuma’s son adjourned

Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma

A South African court adjourned hearing on Thursday in a culpable homicide case involving former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, until August 23.

Lawyers for Duduzane said they hoped to agree on a start date once they had studied the state’s evidence.

The charges relate to a fatal 2014 car crash in which Duduzane’s sports car smashed into a minibus taxi.

Duduzane denied any wrongdoing in the culpable homicide case.

NAN reports that Duduzane was released on bail after appearing in court in leg-irons on Monday on charges of corruption, the biggest scalp so far in an attempt to get to the bottom of the graft allegations that swirled around his father.

Duduzane, who returned to South Africa on July 6 to attend his brother’s funeral, was released on 100,000 rand (7,439.76 dollars) bail with his case adjourned until January 24, 2019.

The charges, which he plans to contest, relate to corruption allegations made by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, lawyer Rudi Krause told Reuters without providing further detail.

Mr Jonas said in 2016 the Guptas offered him the position of finance minister shortly before former president Zuma sacked then finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, in December, a move that sent markets into a tailspin.

Mr Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.

Mr Zuma arrived at the Johannesburg Specialised Crimes Court on Monday after he was detained briefly at Johannesburg’s main airport on Friday in relation to a corruption case filed in 2016. (Reuters/NAN)

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