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

2015-09-24 14:18
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Read more on:    sifiso zulu  |  durban

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/World
 

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.