Zulu guilty of culpable homicide

2010-04-22 13:08

Magistrate Thomas Nhleko has found Prince Sifiso Zulu guilty of culpable homicide.

Nhleko said the state witnesses presented to the Durban Magistrates Court were “very impressive and corroborated each other”.

The state claimed that Zulu, a Durban socialite, was the driver of a BMW X5 that jumped a red traffic light in March 2008 and collided with a Mitsubishi double cab. Two members of the Soul’s Harbour Ministries church were killed and 10 others were injured.

Nhleko said there were numerous contradictions in the testimony of defence witnesses presented by defence counsel Thabani Masuku. He singled out Mduduzi Xulu, a witness for the defence, who told the court he remembered the day of the accident clearly.

Nhleko said that under cross-examination Xulu failed to answer questions and that his evidence was a “blatant lie”. He said the defence did not challenge the evidence of police Captain Shane Spilsbury, who said he saw two men running, one with dreadlocks and the other in khaki clothing.

Later that day, when Zulu went to the police station, Spilsbury saw him and said his clothing resembled that of the person seen running away.

Thami Ngema, the driver of the Mitsubishi double cab, said he was happy with the court’s ruling. “I am happy that he is guilty because of the evidence. Now we have to wait and see how he will be sentenced.”

Zulu was facing seven charges, two of which were culpable homicide.

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