Victims’ family weeps as Zulu’s sentencing delayed

2010-06-01 00:00

THE family of the two women killed in a hit-and-run accident involving Durban businessman Prince Sifiso Zulu broke into tears when sentencing was postponed due to a missing court report.

Zulu was found guilty of reckless and negligent driving, speeding, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with number plates that were false.

The charges relate to a hit-and-run accident when his BMW X5 failed to stop at a traffic light on Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (NMR Avenue) and crashed into a bakkie carrying 12 people on March 29, 2008.

The bakkie was carrying members from the Soul’s Harbour church.

Mangosuthu University of Technology students Hlengiwe Dlamini and Sidumisile Mncube were killed in the accident.

Zulu’s attorney, Lomwabo Dandala, asked magistrate Thomas Nhleko for an adjournment so that the missing report, which is needed for sentencing, could be found.

Dandala said that Zulu could not be blamed for the missing report and told Nhleko that the court clerk had failed to do her job properly.

State prosecutor Mark Dyson said the delay was unacceptable as the families of the victims needed some sort of closure.

“This has been dragging on since 2008. The victims attend court on a regular basis and need closure. This cannot be tolerated,” he said.

Outside the courtroom, Nonhlanhla Mncube, whose daughter Sidumisile was killed in the crash, broke into sobs. She couldn’t believe that the case had been postponed.

The head of the family, Zachariah Mncube, said he believes the missing report is a delaying tactic, to buy Zulu more time.

“This is painful. We have wasted time and money to come here. I’m angry and disappointed with this rubbish. There is a hidden agenda behind this missing report,” he said.

Mncube said he had travelled from Ulundi for the sentencing.

Dudu Ngema, who was seriously injured in the crash, said she was also disappointed by the postponement of sentencing. Ngema, a personal assistant, has to walk with the aid of a walker, after she sustained serious spinal injuries in the crash.

“That accident changed my life. My legs will never be the same again. All I want is for justice to be served.”

Ngema had to take medical leave and is unsure whether her condition will improve. “I’m upset by this postponement. We all need some closure for this horrible incident. I just pray that the file is found,” she said.

The matter has been adjourned to August 26.

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