Sizwe Mchunu, MPP
DA KZN Leader/ DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison
THE Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is alarmed by the laid-back attitude of law enforcement authorities who are yet to arrest high-profile businessman, Sifiso Zulu after his last ditch court appeal failed on Friday last week.
In 2008 Zulu, jumped a red traffic light while driving his BMW X5. He hit a Colt Mitsubishi double cab bakkie carrying 14 church-goers at corner of Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue and Somtseu Road. Two people were killed and 12 injured. Last week he was found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced to three years in prison. Yet Zulu remains a free man as officials fail to act over his failure to report to jail. This smacks of inconsistency as does Zulu’s lenient sentence, which makes a farce of his protracted trial. Three years in no way reflects the severity of his crime. To add insult to injury, the recent presidential remission of sentence may see Zulu only spending a few weeks in jail. The DA believes that Zulu’s sentence reveals an alarming lack of consistency and adds weight to claims that if you know the right people you can get away with just about anything.
National Transport Minister, S’bu Ndebele is on record as saying that those who take the lives of others on our roads are guilty of murder. If this is so, then why has Sifiso Zulu been let off so lightly? Life will never be the same for the families who lost loved ones as a result of this horrific accident. Yet Zulu has not shown a shred of remorse for his actions and appears more concerned with gracing social pages than in paying his debt to society.
Law enforcement authorities have a duty to act and arrest Sifiso Zulu. For as long as he remains free he is, to all intents and purposes, a fugitive from justice.