Fatal crash: Zulu charged with culpable homicide

2008-06-23 00:00

PRINCE Sifiso Zulu appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of culpable homicide.

Zulu was arrested by detectives from the Durban Central police station in connection with an accident that claimed the lives of two Mangosuthu University of Technology students, Hlengiwe Dlamini and Sidumisile Mncube, in March.

It is alleged the driver of Zulu’s BMW X5 failed to stop at a traffic light in Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue and crashed into a bakkie carrying 12 people.

Zulu stood with his head bowed in the dock. His two hefty bodyguards sat among the media.

The state asked for an adjournment to July 18 for further investigation. Bail was not opposed, even though Zulu has a previous charge of drunken driving pending.

The state said a list of witnesses will be handed to Zulu’s lawyer by Friday. Bail was set at R5 000, and Zulu may not communicate with any witnesses on the list.

Provincial Commissioner Hamilton Ngidi said he hopes the arrest will end the speculation in the media around the case, adding that unfair accusations were levelled at the SAPS. “I would also like to point out that the arrest is as a result of an intensive investigation by the SAPS. He was arrested solely on the strength of the SAPS investigation,” he said.

“I would like to place on record my appreciation to the detectives assigned to the investigation. We at no stage doubted their ability to bring the investigation to a successful conclusion,” he said.

After the case was adjourned, Zulu and his bodyguards quietly slipped out of the courtroom. He refused to comment on the charges.

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