Durban - A woman, convicted for the death of an off-duty Durban Metro Police officer, whose body was driven several metres on the bonnet of a car during a hit and run was punished with house arrest on Wednesday.
Nolwazi Nzimande,30, was found guilty of culpable homicide and defeating the ends of justice and contravening the Road Traffic Act early this year.
Nzimande appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Wednesday where she was handed a five year suspended sentence and placed under house arrest. Nzimande was fined a total of R8 000 or an 18 months in prison.
On the evening of April 2012, Phumlani Mbatha was trying to cross the road near Caltex garage along King DiniZulu Road (Berea) when Nzimande, who drove a blue Polo, hit him and drove with him on top of her bonnet for several metres until he was dropped off unconscious on Silverton Road near Musgrave Centre.
Magistrate Simphiwe Hlophe said that if the police didn't spot Nzimande's vehicle by chance the next day while it was being taken to a panel-beater for repairs, she would have probably got away with the crime.
Mbatha's family including his mother Nonhlanhla left the court disappointed at the sentence.
His mother who had attended the case since the beginning said she did not get justice.
"This is not justice. She killed my son and that is the bottom line. She tried to collude with her friend to hide the evidence. I am disappointed," said Mbatha.