Duduzane Zuma. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Johannesburg - Duduzane Zuma's culpable homicide case has been postponed to January 24 for a pre-trial hearing. 

He made a short appearance, accompanied by his father former president Jacob Zuma, at the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Friday morning and he has been released on a warning. 

The homicide trial is likely to begin between March 22 and 28 2019, the court heard. 

Zuma was summoned to appear in court in July to face two charges of culpable homicide related to a 2014 accident that resulted in the death of Phumzile Dube. 

Dube died instantly after Zuma’s Porsche crashed into a minibus taxi on M1 in Johannesburg.  

Another woman, who was also in the taxi at the time, died weeks later in hospital, even though her death was later ruled as the result of natural causes. 

In his defence, Zuma has previously maintained that he was not negligent as his car had lost control as it had driven into a puddle that resulted in it swerving and hitting the taxi.

An inquest ruled on by Magistrate Lalitha Chetty found that Zuma was negligent and that his actions led to the death of Dube.

However, the NPA had declined to prosecute Zuma in 2015, claiming the low chances of the case succeeding in court.

Earlier this year the case remerged after former NPA prosecutor Gerrie Nel and Afriforum threatened to privately prosecute Zuma. The group said Dube’s family never received justice. The family was present at the media briefing held by Afriforum which announced the intention to privately prosecute Zuma.

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