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Sifiso Zulu's battle to stay out of jail

By NIVASHNI NAIR, The Times | May 10, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 42 ]

DURBAN socialite, businessman and self- proclaimed prince Sifiso Zulu wants to pay off the families of the two people he killed to save him from prison.

Hours after police served him with a notice to surrender, Zulu’s attorney Lonwabo Dandala contacted the National Prosecuting Authority to consider the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) law, which is usually reserved for mediation.

“We understand that we cannot replace the two lives that have been lost but my client is remorseful and believes that he can compensate the family in the interest of society.

“With the ADR we are saying that as a civilised society we have a duty not to punish people but to deter others,” he said.

Dandala said he got involved in Zulu’s trial at a later stage therefore he was unable to argue that sentencing should have involved the family.

“We need to look at the interests of the community, the accused and society.

“We feel that by asking the family to forgive and forget, and if they do, we can accept that ADR should be put in place”.

He said a man of Zulu’s calibre should not be sent to prison.

“As a member of the ANC he fought in the struggle and even held positions at no less than 29 company boards in the country. He has skills and to send him to prison, we will be failing,” Dandala said.

However, National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson said the ADR law would not apply to Zulu’s matter.

“The ADR is used in lower court matters to resolve a less serious offence. It will not apply to a matter of this nature where the charges are very serious,” she said.

Dandala said if the NPA accepted the request to start the ADR process, Zulu would not purse an application to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal against his conviction and three-year sentence, which he filed late yesterday afternoon.

The application will have to be heard before the 48 hours after Zulu was served the notice at 10:30am yesterday lapses or he would have to surrender or a warrant for his arrest is issued.

Zulu has refused to hand himself over to prison authorities, saying this was because he was not informed that his appeal against a culpable homicide conviction and three- year jail term was dismissed by Judge Piet Koen in Pietermaritzburg on Friday. Dandala said he planned to lodge a complaint with KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Chiman Patel because “it was a disgrace that as applicants we were not informed".

Judge Koen found that Zulu was the driver of a black BMW X5 which killed two people and injured 10 in March 2008. Zulu had maintained his innocence throughout his trial claiming that his friend was the driver. He had given two different names to court.

COMMENTS [ 42 ]

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The ball is on victims families whether they believe in ancient or modern way of justice. This is just a way to avoid jail time, he's more worried about his businesses than the families. Cash is king.

May 10, 2012 4:57 | 0 replies

MommaC- I agree wth you. The court should have given him a stiff sentence since he was not remorsefull as he tried all kinds of tricks to avoid prosecution e.g. he said he was not the driver.

May 10, 2012 10:57 | 0 replies

RobinH, go take off your school uniform, maybe we'll talk then.

May 10, 2012 10:46 | 0 replies

ke-tla-go-ja-gore

Proper investigation has been done and concluded and he has been found guilty in accordance with the laws of the land! So he should be in jail. He did the crime now he must do the time!!

May 10, 2012 10:46 | 0 replies

ke-tla-go-away. Whatever. Wallow in your ignorant stupor for all I care.

May 10, 2012 10:41 | 0 replies

RobinH
ke-tla-go-ja-gore: ????? Now what was that about? Are you unwell
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
There's a medical forum were they diagnose people, you deserve to be there.

DA-DBN-GUY, I follow the mitigating factors and fully agree with you, but remember we are not suggesting that my history suggest that my ki.llers should negotiate their settlement, hence I said proper investigation should lead and conclude.

May 10, 2012 10:39 | 0 replies

They should give him a sentence review ...... then triple the sentence. It was a bloody joke to start with.

Defeating the ends of justice, false numberplates, Iying under oath and resisting arrest by jumpiing out a first floor window should be added to the charges (okay, they can let the last one slide as that was damn funny)

May 10, 2012 10:38 | 0 replies

ke-tla-go-ja-gore

this "prince" is trying to use his political affiliation to get out of prison. From the start he never came clean, fled overseas and even tried to get someone else to take the blame. The question in the rugby players case is still was he being hijacked by the policeman as the policeman had a shady past and if memory serves was under investigation for robbery or even antoher hijacking.
So self defence is a mitigating factor. With the prince case he lied, gave false names, fled the country, denied driving, saying he wasnt even near the scene and the list goes on and one.
How vocal have you been with the arms deal saga charges being dropped, Zuma charges being dropped, Mdluli charges withdrawn. See the pattern dude? anc think they above the law

May 10, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies

ke-tla-go-ja-gore: ????? Now what was that about? Are you unwell?

May 10, 2012 10:29 | 0 replies

ke - Pfft.

May 10, 2012 11:7 | 0 replies

another politically connected who should by now be in jail but is not, its things like this which makes me so angry with the anc for undermining our justices system!!!

May 10, 2012 11:36 | 0 replies