Duduzane Zuma, the president’s son, quickly and quietly settled R7,000 in traffic fines before an inquest into a fatal car crash‚ with the help of a lawyer who was clearly hard at work cleaning up his image‚ leaked e-mails show. Zuma’s lawyer, Gary Mazaham, was paid about R700,000 for work that included having a private consultant settle three speeding fines for which warrants of arrest had been issued in Zuma’s name‚ totalling R7,000. In 2014 the Porsche he was driving collided with a taxi on the M1 highway. Two women in the taxi died. Phumzile Dube died at the scene‚ and Jeanette Mashaba died in hospital a few weeks after the crash. Mashaba’s death was ruled to be the result of natural causes. Zuma maintained that his high-powered Porsche hit a puddle and he lost control‚ veering into the taxi‚ which in turn smashed into the barrier. The fines were never brought up during the inquest and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said it was not aware of the sp...

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