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It's D-day for Sifiso Zulu

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PRINCE Sifiso Zulu will hear today if he will be convicted of culpable homicide for a hit-and-run accident which left two people dead.

PRINCE Sifiso Zulu will hear today if he will be convicted of culpable homicide for a hit-and-run accident which left two people dead.

The state alleged Zulu, a Durban socialite, was the driver of his BMW X5 which skipped a red traffic light and collided with a Mitsubishi double cab, killing two members of the Soul's Harbour Ministries Church and injuring 10 others, in March 2008.

Magistrate Thomas Nhleko is set to hand down judgment in the Durban magistrate's court.

Zulu, pictured, had denied he was the driver of the X5.

He is also facing possible bankruptcy after Ithala Development Finance Corporation recently applied to have his estate sequestrated.

Zulu is set to oppose the application when the matter returned to court on April 29.

The culpable homicide trial saw Zulu hiring South Africa's top forensic experts to help him refute the state's evidence that he made a cellphone call in the vicinity of the accident scene immediately after the crash.

In his closing arguments, prosecutor Mark Dyson pointed out that Captain Shane Spilsbury testified that he had seen two men running from the accident scene, and one of them bore a striking resemblance to a man he saw later at the police station.

There was confusion in court when two people - Bongumusa Gumede and Dumisani Ngcobo - were both said to have been the driver of Zulu's car on the night of the accident.

Dyson said Zulu told an Inspector Pillay that Ngcobo was the driver of the car on the night of the accident but the story changed when Zulu told the insurance assessor that Gumede was the driver.

In closing arguments, Zulu's counsel Thabani Masuku said none of the witnesses could positively identify Zulu as the driver.

Zulu is facing seven charges, two of which are of culpable homicide.

Judgment is set down for today and tomorrow. - Sapa-AP

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