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Zulu (killer and liar) set free

2013-02-26 11:31

Back on February 19 2013 Wheels24 reported that Durban businessman Sifiso Zulu would be released from prison and indeed, on February 25, he walked out of Pietermaritzburg's Serfontein Prison.

He had served only nine months - one quarter! - of a three-year sentence for killing two people.

Correctional Services officials said Zulu would be subjected to a curfew (6pm-6am) at his home and would not be allowed to drink alcohol or take illegal drugs. He would be expected to find a job or return to running his businesses.

Does all that sound horribly familiar?

CLOSE EYE ON A KILLER

Zulu would also be subjected to random tests, as well as a minimum four visits a month to his home, and another at his workplace by prison authorities.

In 2008 Zulu drove his BMW X5 through a red traffic light and crashed into a bakkie, killing two and injuring eight others people. He lied, saying he was not the driver, and somebody else looked like taking the blame.

kwaZulu-Natal Correctional Services commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele said Zulu had applied for special remission of his 36-month sentence because he was in a group of prisoners countrywide who benefited from an 18-month remission of sentence announced by president Jacob Zuma.

JUSTICE IN ACTION?

Nxele said: "When he arrived in prison the president (Zuma) had just announced that all prisoners would be given a six-month remission of sentence. Those who had committed non-violent crimes would get an additional 12 months."

Zulu, 42, the former head of the Durban Chamber of Commerce, was convicted in April 2010. A court found that in March 2008, while driving a BMW X5, he 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."

Wheels24 reader Paulet Nel sent us this link where you can sign a petition to end carnage on our road by keeping killers such as Zulu behind bars. The petition is address to several ministers, among them transport minister Jeff Radebe.

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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Comments
  • Dawn Atkinson - 2013-02-26 13:06

    i am gob-smacked!!! why bother to take people to court if they don't even serve their full sentences????? wtf! what's the point?????? hell, open all the prison doors and let the whole damn lot out! Mr Zuma, wtf were you smoking when you made this announcement?? what part of "wrong message to criminals" don't you understand?

      Greg Meyer - 2013-02-26 17:21

      He wants them to remember the favor, they will be loyal subjects after getting out.

      Lucky Luke - 2013-02-26 17:50

      there is no consideration for the taxpaying, law-abiding, honest and hard working citizen in this country, of any race or creed. they just don't care.

      Carolyn Sims-Handcock - 2013-02-27 08:11

      Sifiso Zulu would have been safer in prison - I have heard a lot of people muttering that he is going to "get his" - mob justice?

  • leigh.johannes - 2013-02-26 13:11

    Im sure drunk drivers involved in a minor accident has spent more time behind bars (excuse the pun).

  • erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-02-26 14:26

    I wanna comment on this but I'm gonna sound very racist so I wont.

      Thomas Williams - 2013-02-26 15:35

      you don't have to sound racist if you make a non color related statement...

  • aldrin.joseph.54 - 2013-02-26 14:43

    robben island ?

  • Th?mba Timss Buth?lezi - 2013-02-26 15:05

    There's just no justice at all in this country, bad enough he killed the people, he actually shows no remorse and they still let him go..WOW! This just tells me that if I know the right people or if im related to the who's who then I can go kill and not do time. Sad situation

  • Bill Mitchell - 2013-02-26 16:36

    "Those who had committed non-violent crimes would get an additional 12 months." So there was no violent accident here. This guy should get a sentence similar to Jube-Jube

  • Lucky Luke - 2013-02-26 17:47

    an absolute travesty of justice. typical though of the system. he lied, deceived and was allowed to continue to run his business which is a municipal tender to operate the parking meters in durban, taking taxpayers money and getting away with murder. the wheel turns "prince" and your time will come and hopefully it is very unpleasant, as those who you maimed must live.

  • Tony Bakkie - 2013-02-26 18:21

    Oh to be politically connected.......sic I hope an 18 wheeler ends your days

  • Zondra Hoffmann - 2013-02-26 20:20

    This is exactly why I said our Justice system is falling apart. It should not only be overhauled, it should be completely re-written and based on Roman-Dutch law which has always been the cornerstone of our society. This is small fry in comparison with what will happen if we allow Mr Zuma to succeed in tribal, cultural and traditional law to be incorporated into our Justice system. It will be chaotic bedlam and there will be too many variants to have any successful prosecution!! We will be doomed - as if we are not now!

  • Stephen Michaels - 2013-02-26 20:44

    firstly he denied having caused the accident, after being sentenced he walks free after serving 9 mnths.....so cheap is life of the poor....

  • paulet.nel - 2013-02-26 22:14

    This is unacceptable. Please take a moment to sign our petition for harsher punishments to those guilty of ?reckless and drunk driving. Go to Petition Link: http://tinyurl.com/stopkillerdrivers and sign our petition.

  • Gus Fernandes - 2013-02-27 00:11

    He is an accident waiting to happen again. Even in the above picture he looks drunk!

  • Lynda Miracle Masuku - 2013-02-27 06:05

    Zuma is to blame

  • Mmoni Setseta - 2013-03-03 15:24

    why Zulu has been charged a small amount of bail for killing two people an injured 8 bt Oscar killed only one has charged so much??????? to be honest racism wont be done yet her @ msanzi

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