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While high-flying Prince Sifiso Zulu lay critically injured in the Entabeni Hospital, his private investigator was arrested yesterday and appeared in court for allegedly withholding crucial evidence from the state.
Zulu is under police guard at the hospital after stabbing himself in an attempt to commit suicide on Tuesday.
The information is vital to Zulu's coming court case in connection with the death of two students after a hit-and-run incident involving Zulu's car.
There was drama on Tuesday afternoon when Zulu jumped out of the bedroom window of his plush Point penthouse after stabbing himself in the neck and chest.
He was trying to evade arrest on new charges in connection with a fatal car crash in March, in which his vehicle jumped a red light, crashed into a bakkie, killed two students and injured 10 others.
The police said then that the driver had fled the scene after the accident. Zulu denied that he was driving.
After much public pressure Zulu was arrested in June, three months after the crash. He was released on bail of R5000 and the case was adjourned to July 18.
The court warned him not to interfere with witnesses. He also faces a previous charge of drunken driving.
Zulu's private investigator, Nicholas Noome, 43, of the Enforce Security Company, was arrested yesterday and faces charges of defeating the ends of justice.
He appeared in the Durban magistrate's court and was released on bail of R5000.
"It is alleged that Noome interfered with the police investigation in the culpable homicide case stemming from Zulu's accident in March," said police spokesman Phindile Radebe.
Radebe said shortly before Zulu jumped out of his flat, police had obtained arrest warrants for both Zulu and Noome.
It is alleged that the two colluded to hide a witness in the case. Radebe said the police went to Zulu's penthouse to execute the warrant of arrest.
"He would not open the bedroom door, so the police opened it by force," Radebe said.
"He was covered in blood and a bloody knife lay nearby.
"The police called an ambulance and while they were making the call Zulu jumped out of the window, fracturing his arm," she said.
By late yesterday police had provisionally withdrawn the latest charges against Zulu.
"We are withdrawing the charges provisionally owing to his condition and the fact that he is hospitalised," Radebe said.
"As soon as he is discharged and recovers we will immediately reinstate the charges."