Zulu: ‘I’ve been misrepresented’

2009-02-25 00:00

Durban socialite and businessman Prince Sifiso Zulu, who is facing two culpable homicide charges relating to a hit-and-run accident, yesterday lashed out at police, who he believes are out to tarnish his name.

Zulu made a brief appearance in the Durban Regional Court before magistrate Thomas Nhleko, who set down a trial date for the matter to be heard.

He has been charged with two counts of culpable homicide for a hit-and-run accident when his BMW X5 failed to stop at a traffic light on Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue and crashed into a bakkie carrying 12 people, all members of the Soul’s Harbour church.

Mangosuthu University of Technology students Hlengiwe Dlamini and Sidumisile Mncube were killed in the accident. The driver of the BMW fled the scene.

Zulu’s lawyer, Wandile Mahlungulu , who was recently appointed, asked the court for more time to consult with his client and to obtain more information from the state.

Mahlungulu said he does not want to “prolong the agony” and that his request for more time was not a “delay tactic”.

Nhleko set down the case for trial beginning on August 3. Both the state and defence agreed that interim matters will be resolved before the trial starts.

Outside the courtroom, Zulu chatted briefly with journalists and handed out a lengthy press statement drafted by Mahlungulu.

The statement said police have paraded false stories about Zulu’s involvement in the accident.

“They have deliberately ignored the evidence that they have that our client was neither the driver nor a passenger in the vehicle in order to pursue a yet undisclosed agenda to tarnish the name and reputation of Prince Zulu and score cheap political points.”

It also said that the police in their “overzealous attempt to obtain some political mileage” made false statements in which they alleged that Transport and Safety MEC Bheki Cele intervened in the case in an effort to stop the investigation of the matter.

“This has now been exposed as a complete fabrication. They even went to the extent of trying to politicise the matter,” said Mahlungulu.

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