Justice? X5 killer to be freed

2013-02-19 12:04

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.


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.


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...


  • espanyol.mpumi - 2013-02-19 12:25

    Mxm! What's new...

  • christopher.cousens - 2013-02-19 12:55

    So, kill 2 and injure 8 others = 9 months. Does this mean that Oscar will get 4.5 months or less?

      mphumzi - 2013-02-19 13:20

      dont be surprised if Oscar gets less than 5 years too - corrupt justice system if you have money you can get away with anything here

      fussed.anderson - 2013-02-20 05:07

      one month only

  • mphumzi - 2013-02-19 13:19

    I was expecting this i cant say i a shcked but i am thinking about the families who lost their loved ones....i ope they find peace...

  • jeremy thorpe - 2013-02-19 13:27

    I don't understand how Zulu got away with only a three year sentence in the first place. After all, Jub Jub got 20 - or is it 25 - years for something very similar. And now they're letting him go after just 9 months jail time... So much for "the rule of the law." The law is basically an ass!

      gungets.tuft - 2013-02-19 21:21

      Zulu is massively well connected politically. He is joined at the hip to Mike Sucklips, Logie Naidoo, the Mpisani's (SARS new best friend), all the big-wigs in KZN. He owns the catering rights all the way long the beachfront in Durban - a little gift from the Durban municipality (just the goodness of their hearts of course, no money changing hands or anything like that). Go to one of the tax-payer funded little skops at Sbu and Shawns little shack in La Lucia and you rub shoulder with all of them, Kulubuse, Mandla, all the boykies are there. Wouldn't be right that their mate got punished for driving drunk, now would it. That tried to evade justice in 3 different ways has little to do with it ... #$%@%^ sakes.

      emmanuel.sodubo - 2013-02-21 10:35

      Yep... What justice system.

  • magomarele - 2013-02-19 13:30

    Travesty of justice. Justice does not serve people equally. Those connected to Zuma get away scot free.

  • vic.goyaram - 2013-02-19 13:39

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

  • Albert - 2013-02-19 13:50

    Ok, so this turd killed 2 and injured 8 others non-violently? Flippin magician.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2013-02-19 14:26

    So the justice system fails our society once again - Enter... "People's Justice"

  • gavin.badenhorst.9 - 2013-02-19 14:39

    All crime is violent.If I was the president nobody but nobody will even appear in court.I will go according to the forensic evidence and dna.The punishment for severe crimes like murder,homicide,drug dealing and drug use,hijacking and shooting will be a death sentence,no bail.In the case of this chappy,sorry pal death for you.The jails are full if you let the criminals free,then they do it again.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-19 18:44

      No all crime is not violent. White collar fraud is non violent.

      gungets.tuft - 2013-02-19 21:22

      In this case I am sure the 2 dead and 8 injured would disagree. Perhaps it didn't hurt?

  • johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-19 15:09

    "WE HOPE THIS CASE WILL BE A LESSON" Jip, you can get away with anything with the right friends in place.

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-19 17:14

    He should also get a new X5 for his next encounter with pedestrians.

  • Philip - 2013-02-19 17:27

    Also, it's not as though he was sorry for what he did. He tried to lie his way out of it. He should be had for murder!

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2013-02-19 19:34

    Just how is driving a large vehicle into people and killing or injuring them classed as 'none violent'? It was the VIOLENCE of the impact that caused the damage to those human bodies.

  • peter.vanzyl.948 - 2013-02-19 19:46

    Another "nail in the coffin" of Law and its "FUTURE" in this New South Africa!!!! The new Rulers?????? intend replacing all vestiges of Western Civilization!!Rape, Murder and Pillaging, and animal sacrifice??? will all become the norm as was the case in the past, before CIVILIZATION arrived on these shores!!!!

  • clivelang1 - 2013-02-19 19:47

    This is DISGUSTING. He killed 2 people and gets out of jail after nine months???? Thats not justice. Lets start a petition to keep this murdering bastard in jail. How de we do that? Anyone know?I have lost a child in similar circumstances and this just tears me to pieces. THe accused in my childs case is still on trial and I belive he needs to spend a long time in prison to contemplate his actions. So should this guy!!!!!

      gungets.tuft - 2013-02-19 21:23

      140 days per body. Seems a little light??

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2013-02-19 20:04

    I sincerely hope that karma gets back at this guy one day.

  • Kay Carakas - 2013-02-20 09:45

    Sifiso Zulu must be released coz there is a new X5 waiting for him to drive it very fast again. This man needs speed guys. Give him a break. He likes to drive fast. Just allow him to do it. Everywhere in SA the power people with cash have the right of speed and wild driving. We see it every day. Safe driving is only for poor people.

  • caso.lomano - 2013-02-20 15:56

    Maybe Zuma knew that Zulu will be going to jail.

  • Sean Beukes - 2013-02-26 17:46

    The fact that he lied to the court upfront should warrant an extended sentence. What a farce . . . .

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