POLICE at the Durban Central police station did not believe that Prince Sifiso Zulu was telling the truth when he gave the name of the driver of his BMW X5.
This emerged on the fourth day of the trial against Zulu. He is charged with two counts of culpable homicide for a hit-and-run accident after his car failed to stop at a traffic light on Masabalala Yengwa Avenue.
The vehicle crashed into a bakkie, leaving two people dead.
Giving evidence, investigating officer Inspector Sibusiso Ndlovu said on April 8 last year Zulu arrived at the police station and introduced Bongumusa Gumede as the person who had been driving his car on the night of the incident.
"At the time senior superintendent Elphas Masinga was in charge of the case," Ndlovu said. "Though I was there I did not take part since Masinga was the one in charge of the investigation."
Masinga had since died of natural causes.
Ndlovu said at the time Gumede had confessed to being the driver but refused to talk, saying he would talk in court. Ndlovu also said that after the confession they gave Gumede a warning but did not arrest him.
Asked by Zulu's lawyer, Thabani Masuku, why they had not arrested Gumede after he confessed to being the driver, Ndlovu said they had waited for the Director of Public Prosecutions to make a decision on who should be charged.
"We took the docket to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision because we did not trust Zulu," Ndlovu said.
"This was because when the accused's car was brought to the police station after the incident he said that it had been driven by a certain Dumisani Ngcobo, who worked for the government in Pietermaritzburg."
The case continues.