More arrests expected in Sifiso Zulu case

Mary Papayya and Mhlaba Memela

Mary Papayya and Mhlaba Memela

Police in KwaZulu-Natal said yesterday that more arrests of wellknown community leaders would be made in the coming weeksover their alleged collusion with Prince Sifiso Zulu.

The collusion relates to the fatal road crash in March that killed two Durban students.

Police said yesterday they had withdrawn their member from the ward at Entabeni Hospital in Durban where Zulu is recuperating.

"Since charges have been provisionally withdrawn, we also removed the officer. Zulu is no longer a suspect on the new charge," said police spokesman Phindile Radebe.

"However, once he recovers he will be re-arrested and charged."

Radebe would not reveal who would be arrested, but sources said "more heads will roll" as police close in on "those who tried to cover up for Zulu".

Suspects apparently include high-profile community and business leaders.

On Tuesday, Zulu jumped out of his bedroom window in his Durban penthouse in an apparent suicide attempt.

This was after he had stabbed himself in the neck and chest.

He was trying to evade arrest on new charges relating to the fatal crash involving his vehicle.

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

He was arrested on June 23, three months after the fatal crash. He was released on bail of R5000 and 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.

Yesterday, Pastor Phumlani Ndlovu, the leader of the church to which the dead youths belonged - Soul's Harbour Ministries - said he was saddened by the latest developments.

"We believe that even if a person has done wrong, he does not deserve to die. We hope Zulu will stand trial to tell the truth."