An application to have a culpable homicide charge against Duduzane Zuma discharged has been dismissed. Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase of the Randburg Magistrate’s Court made that decision Friday morning.
The trial that began on Tuesday has seen the state call six witnesses.
Duduzane, who is son to former President Jacob Zuma, initially faced two counts of culpable homicide, relating to a car crash that occurred in February 2014 on the M1 highway in Gauteng.
On Monday, the prosecution dropped one count , but proceeded with the other. The defense however soon brought an application for dismissal.
Zuma’s lawyers argued that no evidence was presented before the court, showing that reckless driving caused the accident.
“Where is the evidence that the bizarre accident was caused by the driver of the Porsche?” asked advocate Mike Hellens.
As part of the defense, Zuma argued that the Porsche 911 he was driving has wide and lightweight tires prone to aquaplaning in wet conditions.