friends turn backs on Zulu

Mary Papayya and Mhlaba Memela

Mary Papayya and Mhlaba Memela

With close family members the only ones standing by the injured Prince Sifiso Zulu, 34, in his hour of need, rumours suggest that he is about to be abandoned by his closest business associates.

Police in KwaZulu-Natal said yesterday said more arrests of well known community leaders would be madeover their alleged collusion with Prince Sifiso Zulu.

Since the prince stabbed himself in Durban on Tuesday, then jumped from his plush second floor penthouse window, his only visitors have been his mother and his immediate family.

Business leaders in the province who knew Zulu well during his reign as president of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry felt it was best to say nothing about the saga. Some did not want to be named.

"Since there are likely to be more arrests I think it is a safe option to stay away and keep out of things," said a well-known businessman.

"I am not surprised by what's happening," said another.

Recently his royal lineage was questioned by the royal family.

The arrest also follows a road crash in March that killed two Durban students.

Police have withdrawn their members from the ward at Entabeni Hospital in Durban where Zulu is recuperating.

Police spokesman Phindile Radebe said: "Once he (Zulu) recovers he will be re- arrested."

Zulu denied that he was the driver of the BMW X5 on the day.

He was arrested on June 23 and released on bail of R5000. The case was adjourned to July 18.

Zulu's private investigator, Nicholas Noome, 43, was on Wednesday charged with defeating the course of justice. He was released on bail of R5000.