Durban businessman Zulu still free

2012-05-11 16:26
Durban - Durban businessman Sifiso Zulu will not yet report to Westville prison to serve a three-year jail term for culpable homicide, his attorney said on Friday.

"We have lodged an appeal that is pending. It holds [up] the whole process of my client having to surrender to the authorities," Lonwabo Dandala said.

On Wednesday, Zulu lodged an application with the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg for his bail to be extended. He also filed an application with the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence.

His appeal against his conviction and sentence was dismissed by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg last Friday.

Zulu, 42, the former head of the Durban Chamber of Commerce, was convicted in April 2010.

The court found that Zulu, driving a BMW X5, had jumped a red robot and crashed into a bakkie, killing two members of the Souls Harbour Church and injuring eight others in March 2008.

He was sentenced to five years in jail, two of which were suspended, and fined R7 000 for various driving offences.

Durban police served Zulu with a "notice to surrender" on Tuesday afternoon when he failed to arrive at Westville prison to start serving his jail term. He was given until 10:30 on Friday to present himself to the authorities.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said that by 11:00, Zulu had not handed himself to authorities and was in contravention of the law.

"He has lodged an appeal, but that does not automatically extend his bail conditions. The clerk of the court is waiting for the investigating officer to pick up Zulu's warrant of arrest."

Ramkisson said Zulu’s application would be heard in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court next Friday.
- SAPA
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