ANC fears Sibiya suspect will be killed

2011-12-12 14:30

Durban - The ANC fears the man accused of murdering its eThekwini leader will be killed if released on bail, according to provincial executive member, Senzo Mkhize.

“We fear that people who worked with him will kill him,” Mkhize said, reacting to the release of Xolani Zulu on bail on Monday.

Zulu, who is accused of killing eThekwini ANC leader Sbu Sibiya, was granted R15 000 bail in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Monday.

Zulu was refused bail in October this year by Magistrate Kevin Brouton, but appealed in the high court on Monday and won.

Scores of ANC members who gathered outside the court on Monday reacted angrily to the news that Zulu had been released on bail. Mkhize said the African National Congress believed there was a likelihood that Zulu would be killed by people he allegedly plotted with to kill Sibiya.

“If that happens, it will mean that the case will also die. We don’t want that to happen.”

During the appeal hearing on Monday, the State argued that Zulu’s life would be danger if he was released on bail. “If he is released, his life will not be safe. There has been a huge public outcry about this case,” said State advocate, Nombulelo Mbatha.

Zulu’s advocate Jimmy House told the court there was no evidence to support that Zulu’s life would be in danger if he was released on bail.

He pointed out that Brouton had used the word “possibility” instead of likelihood when he rejected Zulu’s bail application. The court agreed with House.

Sibiya, a regional ANC secretary, was killed near his house in Inanda, Durban in July this year.

  • Craig - 2011-12-12 14:56

    And his life has more value than the one he took? JZ once again indicates that crime is not a big issue to him (PROTECTING criminals) as the ONLY EFFECTIVE punishment (death penalty) is being pushed even further away! Quick survey...who is going to try and smuggle drugs into China anytime soon?????? Thought so!

      Gail - 2011-12-12 17:13

      Craig look at it this way. There is no death penalty and many people complain about the cost of keeping murderers and serious offenders in jail for life at the victim's expense. The Govt. can't win either way. If he wants to be out on bail and risk getting killed by his co-conspirators and that actually happens then the taxpayer will be saved some money. I'm not sure what the reason was for Sbu's murder but just maybe it was fraud and corruption in which case this guy and his cronies did society a favour by rremoving him. Case closed until the perpetrator takes out someone else maybe?

  • acsteyn - 2011-12-12 15:16

    “If he is released, his life will not be safe. There has been a huge public outcry about this case,” said State advocate, Nombulelo Mbatha. Who gives a shyte about him? They should be more concerned about what further damage he will do ouside of jail. I agree it is stupid to let him out.

  • Larry - 2011-12-12 15:17

    Murder suspects should not get bail. They should be taken before the court quickly, regardless of Party affiliations, or colour.

  • Eric - 2011-12-12 15:19

    Why this anti ANC statements? It is one of their members that was murdered.Shoulod they not be cheesed??

  • mholthuysen - 2011-12-12 15:20

    Is this how you do politics in a democratic country? Oh hang on - I did not see the ANC is involved.... the revolution party still in the struggle; now they are just struggling with each other....

  • Piet - 2011-12-12 15:35


  • Esperanca - 2011-12-12 17:05

    wow! worry that the murderer will be murdered? Great! get killed and the person that kills you gets protected.

  • jruppersberg - 2011-12-12 19:56

    Our judiciary is not accurate enough for the death penalty and I would not feel comfortable giving a corrupt government that power...

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