State wants more jail time for Zulu

2011-10-07 20:09

Pietermaritzburg - The State intends asking the Kwa-Zulu-Natal High Court Pietermaritzburg to increase the sentence imposed on Durban businessman Prince Sifiso Zulu, who was convicted of culpable homicide.

Zulu was sentenced to five years' imprisonment, three years conditionally suspended.

Zulu, 37, was convicted of culpable homicide in the deaths of Sidumaselso Nonjabule Ncube and Hlengiwe Yvonne Dlamini in March 2008.

He was also found guilty of reckless or negligent driving, failing to stop at a red light, failing to stop after an accident, and of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

In convicting Zulu, Durban Magistrate T Nhleko found that a non-custodial sentence was not suitable.

Nhleko said Zulu persistently denied that he had been the driver of the car despite clear evidence that he was driving.

On Friday, Judge Yvonne Mbatha re-instated his appeal which was cancelled by the court when no lawyer appeared to represent him on September 29.

His new counsel advocate Mergan Chetty explained that Zulu's failure to brief lawyers to appeal was due to a misunderstanding.

Zulu had trusted that the lawyers who acted for him during his long trial in the Durban Regional Court would arrange the appeal.

He had heard that they had not organised his appeal only on the night of September 28. The appeal was set down for the next day.

Zulu's bail of R5 000 was trebled to R15 000 on Friday. More stringent conditions were also set.

He was not precluded from travelling abroad as long as a branch commander or investigating officer was informed.

Zulu has business interests and is a past president of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and of an international chamber of commerce.

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-10-07 20:15

    Why isn't he in jail?

      grod - 2011-10-07 22:25

      Exactly! A slap on the wrist for one of Chele's chums! Thought he was bankrupt yet he has money to travel overseas??

      OldSA - 2011-10-08 08:52

      At this stage it is a criminal case. Do we have a lawyers out there that will take a pro bono and help the families of the girls to make Zulu pay in a civil court.

  • cyclops - 2011-10-07 20:41

    Prince Sifiso Zulu = IFP, state = ANC, this is nothing other than a political thing, sick...

      Grayman - 2011-10-08 10:31

      It has been proven that the man is not a prince. But he clearly has some high profile buddies that are keeping him out of jail. The progress of this case is an absolute joke. It makes a mockery of the judicial system in our country.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-07 21:31

    pathetic -- an eye for an eye. Remove the scum from society

  • Atholl - 2011-10-07 21:42

    Sidumaselso Nonjabule Ncube and Hlengiwe Yvonne Dlamini were young girls - daughter(s) of a priest, I think. .. they had no chance ... nobody can plan a life that caters for the possibility of some idiot who cannot handle alchohol and then jumps behind a wheel of a car. The 'prince' tried everything to deny and deceive ... even jumping from a window to evade arrest. even if he ends up in prison, how does the (priest) father & families deal with the (unnecessary) events.

  • thozi - 2011-10-07 22:07

    Money sure buys anything. What a pity, scums of the earth continue roaming the streets like freemen. How I loath it when life gets nakedly unfair and discriminatory on the basis of economic advantage.

      LuLuBug - 2011-10-07 23:21

      but where is his money from?

  • Chabi - 2011-10-07 22:28

    This one is too much trouble... go sit in Jail for a while, and don't even try the Schabir trick, its not going to work... Lousy Drunk.

  • Chris3 - 2011-10-07 22:29

    15000 Rand Bail...I am sure this is a very heavy burden on a person able to afford a R500k+ BMW X5. Two young girls' lives gone, unimaginable grief to their families, and this little turd will get away with it due to his political connections. I know everyone always has harsh comments on News24, but man, imagine it was your daughter that you saw growing up for 20 years or whatever, only to have them snatched from you by this guy driving drunk, skipping a red light, running away, blaming someone else etc. And now you can have the pleasure of watching this bastard getting away with it, with your daughter's life being worth 15k Bail, and maybe 2 to 5 years in jail...max. Next time you're driving drunk, I hope you crash and slowly burn to death you son of a bitch, if it happens anywhere near me, I wouldn't even piss on you to try put the fire out.

      thozi - 2011-10-07 22:48

      What a language Chris3, how relevant, appropriate and melodious when it's used now in this current context. The problem is that, he does not feel any remorse over the lives he's terminated. He believes he's the one who is the victim. I feel so angry but powerless at the same time and feel justive is reserved for the economically and/or politically connected only.

      Chris3 - 2011-10-08 00:11

      I apologize for my expletives Thozi, but as a father to a young girl who means the world to me, I struggle to imagine what their families must be going through, watching the drunk fool who took away their daughters escape justice right under the nation's eyes. As I said in my other comment, take a moment to think about your life if it happened to your family...put yourself into the shoes of these girls' fathers for just a second.

      Dave50 - 2011-10-08 06:08

      This is not a man, but a snivelling little coward, his family comes from a proud tradition and this little picanin has disgraced them all in the eyes of the world.

      leonard - 2011-10-08 06:59

      @Chris3........NEVER EVER APOLOGISE for what you have written.As a father and grandfather myself,I can feel the passion in what you have said.There is no humanity left in this country.If you are well connected you CAN get away with murder at discounted prices.

  • MnrFotograaf - 2011-10-08 07:35

    I agree, he should get a properse jailtime sentence. people died and that cannot be forgotten.

  • parkavenue - 2011-10-08 14:29

    past president of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and of an international chamber of commerce......F%#K?????

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