Prince's suicide bid, leap

2008-07-08 00:00

Prince Sifiso Zulu, who is facing charges of culpable homicide, apparently tried to take his life by stabbing himself before attempting to evade arrest by jumping from the balcony of his second-floor flat in the Point area in Durban yesterday evening.

Director Phindile Radebe said police had to break into the flat after Zulu, a businessman, refused to let them in. They had come to arrest him on a charge of trying to obstruct justice.

They found him with multiple stab wounds and a bloody knife.

Radebe said police arrived at 5 pm to arrest him for obstructing the police investigation in his culpable homicide case — an accident in which two people died in March.

She said the dramatic arrest of Zulu followed the arrest of a private investigator a few hours earlier on the same charge.

“When police arrived at his flat with a warrant of arrest, Zulu refused to allow them in. We called the Police Intervention Unit to open. We found him lying on the floor in a bedroom with stab wounds to the neck, stomach and arm. There was a lot of blood on the floor, and police also found a knife with blood stains, which he used to stab himself,” said Radebe.

As police were busy organising an ambulance to take Zulu to hospital, he roused himself, ran to the balcony and jumped over.

Police rushed to save Zulu’s life, and he was taken to Entabeni Hospital in Durban in a serious condition. Police said he suffered multiple injuries, including at least one fracture.

“He was attempting to commit suicide because he started by stabbing himself before jumping over the balcony of his second-floor flat,” said Radebe.

“Had he indicated that he wanted to commit suicide, police would have brought in a negotiator, and put mattresses below the balcony to prevent him from hurting himself,” said a police source.

Entabeni Hospital declined to disclose Zulu’s condition last night.

The Durban Magistrate’s Court released Zulu on bail of R5 000 on June 23 in the culpable homicide case, which was postponed to July 18.

Two people died in an accident involving Zulu’s BMW X5 in Durban. He is further charged with failing to stop at the scene of the accident. The state also accused him of driving at an excessive speed and failing to stop at a red light on the same day.

The private investigator will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today. Zulu’s court date will be decided as soon as he recovers.

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