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South African court postpones Zuma son’s homicide trial

Duduzane Zuma, son of former South African president Jacob Zuma, attends the Randburg Magistrate Court on homicide charges related to a fatal car crash in 2014, in Randburg, near Johannesburg, South Africa July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A South African court postponed hearings on Thursday in a culpable homicide case involving former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane until Aug. 23.

Lawyers for Duduzane Zuma said they hoped to agree on a start date once they had studied the state’s evidence. The charges relate to a fatal 2014 car crash in which Duduzane’s sports car smashed into a minibus taxi.

Duduzane was arrested whiles returning to South Africa to attend his brother’s funeral. His Porsche 911 sports car ploughed into a minivan taxi in Johannesburg, killing one woman and seriously injuring another who later died in hospital.

Zuma, who has previously said his car hit a puddle of water, will be contesting the charges.

Detained for yet another case

His detainment at OR Tambo airport was in connection with a case filed in Rosebank, Johannesburg in 2016, his lawyer Rudi Krause said, adding that he didn’t have any other details.

“He was detained for about two hours on Thursday at OR Tambo airport,” Krause said.

“There must have been a red flag which alerted police to his arrival.”

Local media reported that there was an arrest warrant out for Zuma but authorities at the airport could not access it in time. Krause said he had not been shown an arrest warrant.

Former president Zuma, 76, faces charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal in the late 1990s. He denies wrongdoing.

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