Relatives of a Zimbabwean woman who was killed in a car crash involving Former President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane Zuma have reacted to the Black First Land First’s (BLF) support of ex-president Jacob Zuma's son, saying they can’t believe how their feelings are being disregarded.

Phumzile Dube, who was a maid, originally from Zimbabwe, was killed instantly when Duduzane Zuma’s Porsche hit the taxi she was travelling in, in Sandton, four years ago.

Another commuter, Nanki Mashaba, died in hospital a few weeks later.

Duduzane appeared briefly in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday, where the culpable homicide case against him was postponed to August.

A relative of Dube, who’s asked not to be named, says he was shocked to see the BLF outside the Randburg Magistrates Court chanting “hands off Duduzane Zuma”.

He wonders how members of the movement would have felt and reacted if one of their loved ones had died.

The man says Duduzane was reckless and negligent and must pay for the deaths of Dube and Mashaba.

“I don’t understand what they wanted to see happen because the whole country knows this person committed a crime. They’re only thinking for themselves.”

He says he is glad he was not in court on Thursday because the BLF’s demonstration would have dulled the positive spirit he’s felt since AfriForum took on the case.

On Friday, EWN sat down with another relative of Dube, who asked not to be named, because of fear of possible victimisation.

The man says that the past four years have been extremely difficult for Dube’s family.

“We are not doing well because this case has been dragging on for four years until last December, when AfriForum came and offered us their help. The NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] was quiet and would not update us on the case.”

He says the family had already started to accept that the case might not go anywhere because of how powerful the Zuma family is.

“There are many cases where a person has done wrong. If my sister’s accident was caused by another person, that person would’ve already been in jail.”

He and the rest of the family have thanked AfriForum which took on the case pro bono and pressured the NPA to prosecute.


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