Johannesburg - As Duduzane Zuma is expected to appear in court to face two charges of culpable homicide, it is not clear where in the world he is. Duduzane has been seen as instrumental in a state capture project that gripped the country under his father former president Jacob Zuma's presidency.
The extent of his relationship with the controversial Gupta family was revealed in leaked Gupta emails. Duduzane benefited financially from his father's relationship with the Guptas and was seen as their business partner. He was also allegedly gifted with an R18 million apartment in Dubai, a destination where the Guptas often travel to.
Duduzane was last known to be in Dubai, where he gave an interview to the BBC, in which he praised the Guptas as being "good guys". Although some members of the Gupta family have run into trouble with the law with their accounts being frozen by the NPA’s Assets Forfeiture Unit, Duduzane has remained unscathed. No charges have yet to be brought against him regarding state capture allegations.
Lobby groups and political parties have previously opened cases against Duduzane and the Guptas, but not much as resulted in those cases. However, an incident that took place in 2014 may be the one that will bring him before a court.
The NPA confirmed that he had been charged, but said they were not aware where he is and if he would show up for the court appearance. NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw confirmed that Duduzane was issued with a summons. "Yes, he is expected to appear on July 12. We are not sure if he will appear or not, we have issued a summons. If he does not appear we will issue a warrant of arrest," said Louw.