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South Africa: President's son tied to fatal crash

Sunday - 2/9/2014, 9:20am  ET

CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
Associated Press

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

President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, was driving a Porsche when the accident happened in Sandton, an affluent area of Johannesburg, South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper reported. Duduzane Zuma, a businessman, could face charges, said The Sunday Independent.

Brig. Neville Malila, a provincial police spokesman, said one person died and two 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," Malila said.

The case is politically sensitive for the president, who has been criticized 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 Breathalyzer test and he 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.


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