Questions have emerged over the presence of Presidential Protection Unit vehicles at the court appearance of Duduzane Zuma who was seen leaving in a black van.
Former President Jacob Zuma’s son made a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of culpable homicide.
Zuma is accused of negligently causing the deaths of a Phumzile Dube and Nanki Mashaba in a 2014 collision involving a taxi.
When he exited court, flanked by his sister Duduzile and Black First Land First (BLF) members, a row of Presidential Protection Unit cars waited as if to pick him up. He was then ushered to a black van before leaving.
It’s been suggested his father arrived at court to support his son but decided against getting out of his car because of the significant media presence.
Eyewitness News has asked the police for clarity on this matter.
However, it has emerged former president Jacob Zuma was at court on Thursday to support his son Duduzane, but he did not get out of his vehicle because he arrived after the case had been postponed.
The police’s Vish Naidoo says Duduzane did not make use of any official police vehicles to travel to the court.
While he declined to explain why the Presidential Protection Unit vehicles were there, it’s understood Zuma was present and had planned on supporting his son in court.
Proceedings got underway promptly at 9h00 on Thursday and the matter was postponed within minutes.
The former president arrived after the court had adjourned and decided against getting out of his vehicle while his son had a group of journalists following him.
Zuma’s case was postponed until 23 August to allow the State to disclose the case docket to the defence.
Meanwhile, BLF supporters got into a scuffle with Afriforum’s Kallie Kriel, saying he had no right to be there.