Prince’s alleged shooter found not guilty

2009-08-21 00:00

THE man accused of trying to murder a Zulu prince and members of his family during an ANC election campaign earlier this year was found not guilty in Ngwelazane yesterday.

Sibongisini Nyembe was found not guilty on three charges of attempted murder against Prince Zeblon Zulu, Doris Zulu and Zandile Sibiya.

Magistrate Z. Ngwenya found that the state witnesses were either inconsistent or that it seemed as if they had been coached on what to say. He also highlighted the lack of key evidence.

Prosecutor Simphiwe Maga­gula said afterwards they are unhappy, as the magistrate said there was no evidence of the complainants being injured.

“Doris Zulu lost her eye during the shooting and when speaking under oath, this was visibly clear. To say she needed to present a doctor’s note to prove her injury is not consistent with the judgment. We are obviously unhappy with the judgment,” said Magagula.

Magagula said she will be consulting with the complainants on what course of action they want to take, including the possibility of appealing.

Defence lawyer Vusimuzi Sibiya said “justice has prevailed”.

“Sibongisini Nyembe was falsely implicated. The state witnesses also contradicted themselves and could not prove the alibi of the accused was fabricated,” said Sibiya.

Sibiya said he will be proceeding with a civil case and will be looking for damages of no less than R1 million.

The alleged incident occurred on February 1 when the complainants were canvassing for the ANC in Nongoma.

Prince Zulu was shot in the hand, Doris was shot in the eye and has since lost her eyesight and shots were fired at Sibiya while they were driving through a crowd.

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