'Media, let Sifiso Zulu go,' Bheki Cele pleads

2015-09-24 14:18
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Durban – The media must let controversial Durban businessman Sifiso Zulu rest in peace, Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele said on Thursday.

“Sifiso had his problems, but weighed together with his beautiful contribution, the scale tilts more on the good rather than the bad. Unfortunately the media doesn’t see it that way,” he said during Zulu’s funeral in Westville.

He urged journalists to approach Zulu's friends and family so they could tell them who he was. 

“Let us close this chapter and allow him to go,” said Cele.

Zulu was a former president of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was admitted to Kingsway Hospital last week on Wednesday with breathing difficulties. He died on Wednesday aged 42.

In 2010, the businessman was convicted of killing two students and injuring 10 others when his car rammed into their bakkie. He was drunk and had skipped a red light. One of the students, Dudu Ngema, was left disabled.

He served nine months of his three-year sentence before he was released on parole in February 2013, with strict conditions attached.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela was among the who’s who of KwaZulu-Natal's business and political fraternity that attended the funeral.

Deputy Minister of Education Mduduzi Manana said he would miss Zulu’s cooking.

“Sifiso was a good friend, comrade and a visionary thinker who inspired me so much. He was a great cook. I will miss his cooking; we would go to his house and he would prepare meals for us and we always enjoyed his cooking.”

Zulu’s friend, Kwanele Gumbi, said Zulu struggled to reintegrate into society after being in jail and their efforts to help him had failed.

“It concerns me and I am also to blame, I feel like we let him down. The last time I saw him he did not seem well and I could see that he was pulling on his last gear. In the 42 years that Sifiso lived, he lived a lifetime,” Gumbi said.

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