Duduzane Zuma yesterday sympathised with the families of the two people who died when his Porsche collided with a minibus taxi in 2014. He said it was 'a traumatic experience for everybody', reports TimesLIVE.

'I was fortunate to walk away with my life. It does have an effect for my involvement in the accident. I take responsibility for what happened. I do sympathise with people who were affected,' Zuma said when he took the stand at the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

He is facing a charge of culpable homicide, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Minibus taxi passengers Phumzile Dube and Jeanette Mashaba died after Zuma's car crashed into a minibus taxi on the M1 south in Johannesburg.

In his previous court appearance, Zuma had applied for a discharge. Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase found, however, that Zuma had a case to answer.

Presenting his defence, Zuma told the court that he did not know that he had collided with another vehicle after he lost control of his car. He said his car spun after he had hit a puddle and it came to a dead stop.

He said he did not see the pool of water before losing control of the vehicle.

'It would have been difficult to spot the pool of water. It was raining, there was poor visibility. Seeing pools of water is impossible in poor lighting,' Zuma said.

When he hit the water, Zuma said it was difficult to control his car. 'In my perspective it was impossible to avoid what happened.'

Zuma said he had reduced his speed from 120km/h when it started to rain heavily.

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