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Prince Sifiso Zulu refused bail

2012-05-18 22:10

Pietermaritzburg - Durban businessman Prince Sifiso Zulu was refused an extension of his bail and leave to appeal against his conviction by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Friday.

He made his two applications under armed escort to Judge Pieter Koen and acting Judge Theba Mjoli.

Koen said Zulu had shown a nonchalant attitude to the legal processes.

On Wednesday May 9, he was served with a notice to surrender within 48-hours. Two days later, he handed himself over to authorities.

Koen said instead of surrendering last Friday, he had only done so on Saturday, "when it suited him".

Asking for leave to apply to the Supreme Court of Appeal, Thabani Mosuku, for Zulu, said the Durban Regional Court and the KwaZulu-Natal High Court, which concurred with the trial court on appeal, had wrongly presumed that Zulu was the driver of his car which caused the of deaths of two people.

However, Zulu had not been believed by the trial court.

Mosuku said Zulu would now petition the chief justice for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Preferential treatment

State advocate Sundesh Sankar opposed bail on the grounds that there was a minimal chance of the petition being granted and that Zulu had the means to abscond and had travelled overseas.

Koen said the slim chance of the petition succeeding was a consideration in refusing bail.

In such applications, the court would treat any applicant exactly the same, whether he was a celebrity or a nondescript.

He was not swayed by the huge publicity which surrounded Zulu's trial, his delay in handing himself over and the apparent preferential treatment in prison.

Instead of being incarcerated with other prisoners in Westville Prison, Zulu was reportedly being kept in the high care unit in which convicted fraudster Shabir Shaik stayed.

In 2008, Zulu's car went through a red robot and crashed into a vehicle, killing two and injuring eight others.

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-18 22:29

    So now we're at the point where, if you can afford the right representation, you can choose when you go to jail, where you spend your jail time and when you'll get out of jail and what you're allowed to do when you get out of jail. These may well be fully within the laws as they exist now but is it justice to the dead, to society?

  • Liz - 2012-05-19 07:57

    We should remember that two people were killed and a third very badly injured in this accident. There must no lenience towards this man. Hopefully the appeal will result in his sentence being increased because of his obvious lack of remorse and contempt of legal processes. An example should be made of him so that other high flyers realise they are not above any laws of this country.

  • Ryno - 2012-05-19 08:20

    just because your name starts with prince does not mean that you are a Prince

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-05-19 08:31

    Well done Mr. Judge Koen. Treat everyone as equal,dnt give him a bail.let Zulu c dt money cnt buy everything...he wasted human lives,want a best jail cell n hands himself when he feels 2...

  • Pierre - 2012-05-19 12:08

    HAs someone thrown away the key yet?

  • michal.mierzwa - 2012-05-19 17:29

    This is like Jub Jub trial, everyone wants to get away from serving time!

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-20 20:17

    Amazing how these crminals always pull the Shabby Schaik trick. The minute they hit the cell they become gravely ill. They end up with some terminal condition only to show a miraculous recovery as soon as they are released from prison. Sifiso Zulu must be placed in the same location as all the other prisoners, not in a hospital ward.

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