Sifiso Zulu case: no show for appeal

2011-09-30 00:00

PRINCE Sifiso Zulu, whose appeal against his culpable homicide and driving convictions was not heard yesterday, must go to jail unless his counsel manages to get his bail reinstated.

His counsel from Cape Town was not present when judges Piet Koen and D. Pillay entered the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday to hear the appeal.

State counsel Johan du Toit said that Zulu’s counsel had not filed heads of argument as required for the appeal and asked that the appeal be struck from the roll.

Koen did so.

Du Toit said he had faxed the date of the appeal to Zulu’s counsel.

The next step is for the Durban magistrate’s clerk of the criminal court to arrange for Zulu to be arrested and taken to jail. If Zulu’s bail is reinstated and he wishes to appeal he will have to apply for condonation of the failure to appear.

Zulu (37) was convicted of the culpable homicide of Sidumaselso Nonjabule Ncube and Hlengiwe Yvonne Dlamini on a wet street in March 2008. He was also convicted of the driving offences of reckless or negligent driving, failing to stop at a red light and after an accident and driving under the influence.

Convicting Zulu, Durban regional magistrate T. Nhleko said a non- custodial sentence was not suitable and he imposed five years’ jail, three conditionally suspended.

Zulu persistently denied that he was the driver on that night despite clear evidence that he was driving.

He was given bail as he was not considered a flight risk.

— Own Correspondent.

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