Zulu trial: Doubt as to who was driving on the night

2009-08-06 00:00

ANOTHER person has been named as the driver of Prince Sifiso Zulu’s vehicle on the night that it was involved in the hit-and-run accident in which two people were killed.

Zulu has been charged with two counts of culpable homicide for a hit-and-run accident when his BMW X5 failed to stop at a traffic light on Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (NMR Avenue) and crashed into a bakkie carrying 12 people. The bakkie was carrying members from the Soul’s Harbour church.

Mangosuthu University of Technology students Hlengiwe Dlamini and Sidumisile Mncube were killed. The driver fled the scene.

Zulu is facing seven charges, including reckless and negligent driving, speeding and driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with number plates that were false.

Earlier in the week, Dumisani Ngcobo was named by Zulu as the driver of his vehicle at the time of the accident on March 28, 2008. Police officers told the court that Zulu had told them that Ngcobo had been the driver of the vehicle that night.

However, Quintin Herbst of Summit Admin Insurance Services, who investigated Zulu’s vehicle insurance claim on behalf of Outsurance, told the court that Zulu had indicated that Bongumusa Gumede was the driver of the vehicle. Zulu and Gumede had visited Herbst at his office where they gave a full account of what happened that night.


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