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Justice? X5 killer to be freed

2013-02-19 12:04

KILLER ON THE LOOSE: Due to a legal loophole Sifiso Zulu will have only served nine months of his three year sentence. A "lesson to drivers" indeed...

Durban businessman Sifiso Zulu will be released from jail after serving nine months of his three-year sentence, the Natal Witness reported.

In 2008, Zulu's drove his BMW X5 through a red traffic light and crashed into a vehicle, killing two and injuring eight others.

kwaZulu-Natal correctional services commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele said Zulu had applied for special remission of his 36-month sentence.

JUSTICE IN ACTION?

Nxele said: "When he arrived in prison the president (Jacob Zuma) had just announced that all prisoners will be given a six-month remission to their sentences, while those who had committed non-violent crimes would get an additional 12 months."

Due to Zuma's ruling, Zulu's sentence was cut to 18 months and he became eligible for parole after serving only nine months. He will be released in February 2013.

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

The court found that in March 2008 Zulu, while driving a BMW X5, drove through a red traffic light and collided with a bakkie, killing two members of the Souls Harbour Church and injuring eight more. He was sentenced to five years' jail, two of which were suspended, and fined R7000 for various driving offences.

'HOPE THIS WILL BE A LESSON'

At the time of his sentencing, kwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said: "We welcome Zulu's imprisonment. This is clear evidence that our courts are now taking seriously cases relating to transgressions of the road regulations. One can only hope that the finalisation of this long-dragging case will bring closure to families of the victims."

"We hope this case will be a lesson to all drivers to respect the rule of law."

Is this a lesson in justice as the MEC believes? Do you agree with the ruling? What about the families affected? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...
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