No booze for Sifiso Zulu as he tastes freedom following release

2013-02-26 00:00

DURBAN businessman Sifiso Zulu spent last night in the comfort of his Durban home after his releas on parole earlier in the morning from Pietermaritzburg’s Sevontein Prison.

He will be expected to find a job or return to running his businesses during the day, believed to include a beachfront hotel restaurant.

Correctional services officials told The Witness that Zulu would be subject to a 6pm to 6am curfew at his home and would not be allowed to drink alcohol or take drugs.

He would be subject to random tests, as well as a minimum of four visits a month to his home and another to his workplace by prison authorities. Zulu would also have to report to a community corrections office at least once a month for the remainder of his nine-month sentence.

Zulu was among prisoners countrywide who benefitted from an 18-month remission of sentence announced by President Jacob Zuma last year. This left him with an 18-month sentence of his original three-year jail term. As was the case with other model prisoners, Zulu became eligible for parole after nine months, having served half of his effective prison term.

KZN correctional services commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele said yesterday that claims that Zulu had received preferential treatment were incorrect. He stressed that should Zulu violate any of his bail conditions, he would have to return to jail to serve the remaining nine months of his sentence.

Zulu was convicted on two charges of culpable homicide, after a court found that he was the driver a BMW X5, that had jumped a red light at a robot and crashed into a bakkie, killing two members of the Souls Harbour Church and injuring 10 others in March 2008.

After his appeal failed, he reported for his jail term in May last year.

Dudu Ngema, who was left permanently injured following the accident, said last night that Zulu’s nine months in jail was not enough.

However, she wanted the whole episode put behind her.

“It won’t make a difference to me whether he is inside or outside.”

On her injuries, she said: “I’m

recovering slowly. I still have hopes that I will fully recover in the future.”

She did not intend to pursue civil action against Zulu.

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