Jacob Zuma. Photo Reuters
South African President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, is
being investigated for culpable homicide after his Porsche 911
sports car ploughed into a minivan in Johannesburg, killing one
person and critically injuring two.
The crash happened late on the evening of Feb. 1 during heavy
rain but was only linked to Duduzane this weekend, just one
day after his father announced a general election on May 7.
If Duduzane is found to have been driving recklessly, the
incident will be another embarrassment to Zuma, who is
already fighting a scandal over a 206 million rand ($18.6
million) state-funded security upgrade to his private home.
Police confirmed the details of the accident but declined to
name the driver or victims, in line with common practice in
"One person died and two are still in hospital. We are
investigating culpable homicide," Johannesburg police
spokesman Neville Malila said. The investigation might take
two to three weeks to complete, he added.
The Sunday Times newspaper named the dead person as
30-year-old Zimbabwean Phumzile Dube. It quoted her husband,
Themba, criticising Duduzane for not contacting the family or
offering to help pay for her funeral.
"Zuma killed my wife and I want justice," Dube told the
newspaper. "It doesn't matter whether he is the president's
son - justice doesn't have eyes. Everybody is equal before
The news report said Duduzane, a wealthy businessman, had not
The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) urged Zuma and his
government - which is likely to win re-election in May - to
assure South Africans that there would be no interference in
"The DA will closely monitor this case to ensure that there
is no cover-up," shadow police minister Dianne Kohler Barnard
said in a statement. "No one, including the Zumas, is above
A government spokesmen declined to comment and Reuters could
not reach Duduzane. The Sunday Times and Sunday World
newspapers said his mobile phone rang unanswered.