Durban businessman Zulu still free

2012-05-11 16:26

Durban - Durban businessman Sifiso Zulu will not yet report to Westville prison to serve a three-year jail term for culpable homicide, his attorney said on Friday.

"We have lodged an appeal that is pending. It holds [up] the whole process of my client having to surrender to the authorities," Lonwabo Dandala said.

On Wednesday, Zulu lodged an application with the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg for his bail to be extended. He also filed an application with the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence.

His appeal against his conviction and sentence was dismissed by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg last Friday.

Zulu, 42, the former head of the Durban Chamber of Commerce, was convicted in April 2010.

The court found that Zulu, driving a BMW X5, had jumped a red robot and crashed into a bakkie, killing two members of the Souls Harbour Church and injuring eight others in March 2008.

He was sentenced to five years in jail, two of which were suspended, and fined R7 000 for various driving offences.

Durban police served Zulu with a "notice to surrender" on Tuesday afternoon when he failed to arrive at Westville prison to start serving his jail term. He was given until 10:30 on Friday to present himself to the authorities.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said that by 11:00, Zulu had not handed himself to authorities and was in contravention of the law.

"He has lodged an appeal, but that does not automatically extend his bail conditions. The clerk of the court is waiting for the investigating officer to pick up Zulu's warrant of arrest."

Ramkisson said Zulu’s application would be heard in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court next Friday.

  • Johan - 2012-05-11 16:34

    So since when does a convicted criminal decide when he will be reporting to jail?

      Christopher - 2012-05-12 10:49

      When he jumped from his two story flat...he should have never woken up.That would have been justice...instead he is making a mockery of the familes that he murdered. Kharma is going to bite you where it hurts.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-11 16:38

    Where is the justice for the victims' families? His butt belongs in jail!

      William Teixeira - 2012-05-11 18:10

      Your right Sharon but unfortunately the families are not wealthy or as affluent as Mr Zulu so their rights are null and void!

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-05-11 16:45

    Find the little bugger, throw him in the back of a police van and drive him to Westville prison and toss him into a cell with 40 other inmates... He should be shown no special treatment since he has ignored an order of the court.

  • Raeez - 2012-05-11 17:03

    Ja nee... When you 'connected'... justice is a joke in SA.

  • Peter - 2012-05-11 17:05

    The justice system is pathetic, hes walking all over it and no one seems to care but the citizens

  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-05-11 17:06

    Double standards again. If it was an ordinary citzen, you would have use the steps down to the cells

  • Stirrer - 2012-05-11 17:08

    "Applying" for bail to be extended, and "applying" for leave to appeal does not mean you don't have to go to prison in the meantime, chop! You must be a guest of Papa, who is waiting for you, until the applications are granted.

  • mind.dube - 2012-05-11 18:23

    Durban bussinessman Zulu is still free, and his appeal has been dissmised he fail to report to the court, there is crisis in the justice system

  • Kevin - 2012-05-11 20:48

    Let's hear from Mikey (I was once an activist,look at me now wearing my Madiba T-shirt) Sutcliffe...he's Zulu's main him the only lease for a beachfront (on the sand) restaurantlet's hear from you Mikey....

  • cheers.perez - 2013-02-11 18:33

    Does the law REALLY want to catch up with him? Why was he not "sent down" immediately after sentencing?

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