Prince Zulu ‘too sick for trial’

2008-08-13 00:00

The hearing against Durban businessman and socialite Prince Sifiso Zulu has been adjourned until next month because he is not well enough to appear in court.

His lawyer, Mvuseni Ngubane, yesterday handed a medical note detailing Zulu’s condition to magistrate Thomas Nhleko.

While Zulu was discharged from Entabeni Hospital on August 8, he said he was not well enough to attend court proceedings.

Ngubane asked Nhleko for an adjournment, saying Zulu’s doctor has indicated that he will be able to attend court in four weeks.

He asked that the court adjourn the matter to September 25 as he has other commitments.

Senior prosecutor Mark Dyson said the state is ready to go ahead with the trial before September 25, but understands that Ngubane has other commitments.

Nhleko granted the adjournment, extended the prince’s bail and stayed the warrant of arrest.

In March, Zulu’s car was involved in a hit-and-run accident after he allegedly failed to stop at a traffic light on Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (NMR Avenue) in Durban and crashed into a bakkie carrying 12 people.

Mangosuthu University of Technology students Hlengiwe Dlamini and Sidumisile Mncube were killed in the accident.

Police arrested Zulu in June. He was charged with two counts of culpable homicide and appeared in court.

He was released on R5 000 bail.

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