A black car suspected to have caused the crash in which President Jacob Zuma’s children were injured on Friday morning was allegedly driven away after the accident.
A relative of Zuma’s wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, the mother of Zuma’s two injured young daughters, said the children were still at a hospital in Pietermaritzburg.
Ntuli-Zuma’s son, from a previous relationship, was also believed to be injured and in hospital. They were getting better and were eating and talking.
“The children said a black car appeared out of nowhere and bumped their vehicle, leading to the crash. They said the other car did not stop,” said the relative.
However, police spokesman Thulani Zwane said police could not confirm or deny the allegation that the second car failed to stop.
“We are not going to discuss the details, except to say police are investigating. We confirm a case of reckless and negligent driving was opened for investigation. No arrests have yet been made,” said Zwane.
The accident happened near Copesville as the children were being taken along the R33 towards the city about 6am.
“It is a miracle that the children are recovering very well; those who witnessed the accident said they should not have survived,” he said.
The Sunday Times reported that Zuma was seen entering St Anne’s Hospital about 7pm on Friday, and left in high spirits an hour later.
It said Ntuli-Zuma was also at the hospital.
The Sunday Times reported earlier that Jacob Zuma had been poisoned by his second wife Ntuli-Zuma.
The paper said Ntuli-Zuma had been banned from the Zuma’s Nkandla home following claims of a plot to poison the president. The paper could not confirm that Zuma had been poisoned and it could not confirm the type of poison Ntuli-Zuma had allegedly used on her husband.
It quoted three unnamed sources who “claim that although the president fell ill and was hospitalised last year, it was only during a trip to the US two months later that the still-ailing Zuma was told he had been poisoned”.