Durban businessman Sifiso Zulu dies after 'short illness'

2015-09-16 15:51
Prince Sifiso Zulu

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Durban - Controversial Durban businessman Prince Sifiso Zulu, who made headlines after he was convicted on charges of culpable homicide in 2010, died on Wednesday.

His long-time friend and former eThekwini city manager Mike Sutcliffe confirmed that Zulu had died.

"We heard this very sad and unfortunate news this morning. I have known him since the 80's and this is truly terrible. I am on my way to see his mother now," Sutcliffe said.

Zulu was convicted in 2010 for killing two students and injuring 10 others, including Dudu Ngema, a young woman who was left disabled, when his car rammed into their bakkie. He was drunk and had run a red light.

He served nine months of his three-year sentence before he was released on parole in February 2013, with strict conditions.

Zulu, known for his lavish social life, was an avid supporter of President Jacob Zuma, and was once an advisor to former president Thabo Mbeki.

In 2003, Zulu scored a lucrative contract from the eThekwini municipality for the pay-and-display parking meter system in central Durban.

The R30m contract earned Zulu some unwanted press when rival bidders lodged a complaint with the Municipal Ombudsman's office.

In 2005, Zulu was appointed by Sutcliffe as the man to lead the board of the newly established uShaka Marine World theme park and aquarium.

He also claimed to be King Goodwill Zwelithini’s nephew, something the Zulu Royal Family had denied.

eThekwini municipality speaker Logie Naidoo also confirmed Zulu's death: "Yes, sadly he has passed on. We will be giving more details on his death later."

eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said Zulu had died after a short illness.

"I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Zulu family and the royal household. It is so sudden. I saw him a month ago and he appeared in good health.

"We are all shocked. He was a good, humble businessperson,” Nxumalo said.

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