'Zulu was not driving car involved in accident'

A WITNESS in Prince Sifiso Zulu's hit-and-run case told the Durban regional court yesterday that Zulu was not driving the car during the accident that claimed two lives.

A WITNESS in Prince Sifiso Zulu's hit-and-run case told the Durban regional court yesterday that Zulu was not driving the car during the accident that claimed two lives.

Mduduzi Xulu, Zulu's friend, told the court that on the night of the accident, they all met at a bar called Vestige in Musgrave. He said he and his friends wanted to go to Umhlanga with Zulu who refused, saying he was tired.

Zulu, a Durban businessman and friend of national police commissioner Bheki Cele, faces two charges of culpable homicide after the March 2008 accident.

Zulu's BMW X5 was involved in an accident with a Mitsubishi double-cab bakkie.

Two members of the Soul's Harbour Ministries Church were killed and 10 others injured.

Cele, who was then KwaZulu-Natal MEC for community safety and liaison, arrived at the scene shortly after the accident.

The state alleges Zulu was the driver of the car that jumped a red traffic light, which Zulu has denied.

Xulu said there were some people that needed to be picked up before they went to Umhlanga and that the car he was driving could only take two people.

"We asked him (Zulu) to give us his car. He said we can continue and he would take a taxi home," he said.

He said Zulu's car was driven by Bongumusa Gumede but said he did not see the keys being given to Gumede or Gumede driving the car. Xulu said he only saw Gumede walking towards Zulu's car.

There were three people who left Zulu behind. They were Xulu, Gumede and another man only identified as Sifiso.

Earlier, Zulu's defence team had called Thomas Cafu to testify on behalf of Gumede. The court refused to allow Cafu, who is also Gumede's lawyer, to testify. The court questioned why Gumede had asked his lawyer to speak on his behalf.

Two more witnesses were expected to testify later. - Sapa

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