The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it’s unaware of the whereabouts of Duduzane Zuma and hasn’t received any communication on whether he’ll appear in court on 12 July.
The former president’s son faces two counts of culpable homicide in connection with a car crash in 2014.
Zuma collided with a taxi on the M1 Highway which led to the deaths of Phumzile Dube and Nanki Mashaba.
Phumzile Dube was a Zimbabwean house maid who had relocated to South Africa in search of greener pastures. While Dube died on the scene, Mashaba is believed to have died in hospital several weeks later.
The NPA’s Phindi Mjonondwane says Zuma has been served through his lawyer.
“We hope, as the NPA, they advise their client that it’s in his best interest to appear in court on 12 July.”
The NPA initially declined to charge Zuma but reviewed the decision after Private prosecutor Gerrie Nel announced he would pursue the case.
Nel believes there is a strong case against Zuma.
“I’m very glad for the family that there’ll be justice after all and I’m very satisfied that our formal application made it impossible for the NPA to confirm their earlier decision.”
Nel hopes the families of the victims will now receive better treatment from the NPA.
“When we approached the families last year, they didn’t even know that there was a decision taken not to prosecute Mr Zuma whereas Mr Zuma was informed immediately on the day that the NPA took a decision to not prosecute.”
Zuma‚ during the inquest into Dube’s death‚ which began in November 2014‚ claimed that his vehicle had hit a puddle of water on the highway and that he lost control of his car before he collided with the taxi. The force of the impact spun the taxi into a barrier.
The NPA declined in 2015 to prosecute Zuma because a review of the evidence showed there was no chance of a successful prosecution.
Leaked Gupta emails‚ which have been published by The Times‚ show that just before the inquest Zuma had settled R7‚000 in speeding fines for which he had been issued with warrants of arrest. The existence of the fines never emerged during the inquest.
Leaked Gupta emails also show that Zuma’s lawyer Gary Mazaham had advised Zuma on how to tailor his testimony to fit the initial account he submitted to police after the accident‚ telling him in one letter to “please carefully reconsider his recordal [sic]” of certain details.
When approached by The Times about Zuma’s contradictory statements‚ NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said: “Such evidence‚ if in existence‚ must be placed before the prosecution for same to be considered with all the facts surrounding this matter. Depending on the nature of the evidence‚ the prosecution will always review and consider its decision based on the new evidence‚ if [it] is relevant to the conduct on the date of the accident.”