Death on district roads

2016-03-02 06:00

IN a horrific hit and run in Dalton last Friday evening, Xolani Nxele and his girlfriend Sithabile Mkhasibe­ were jogging along Eskamanzi­ Road when they were hit by a car driven by Mcabongo Hlongwa.

He appeared in the New Hanover Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of culpable homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop after an accident.

Compounding the tragedy Hlongwa is alleged to have continued­ driving with Mkhasibe slumped against the windscreen and Nxele, who slid off the bonnet to the ground.

Then assuming Mkhasibe­ was dead, hid her in a sugar-cane field. An intensive search by police, family and a helicopter has been ongoing, but at the time of going to press on Tuesday morning, no trace of her had been found.

Hlongwa claims “he was too drunk at the time to recall the location”.

Nxele, who worked at UCL, was due to be appointed an engineer yesterday. Human Resources executive, Andina de Vries told the Greytown Gazette: “Xolani Nxele joined UCL (Pty) Ltd three years ago as an engineer-in-training and would have been appointed permanently on 1 March. He was an intelligent, positive young man and his death is truly a loss to society. Our hearts go out to both families."

It has been a bad week on the roads for the district. Last Tuesday, Isaac Rahman, who worked at CPS and Shirika Munga, who worked for Standard Bank, were travelling from Pietermaritzburg to their jobs in Greytown.

Rahman allegedly attempted to overtake on a double barrier line, tried to pull back in the face of oncoming traffic and lost control of the vehicle, which plunged down an embankment.

They were both flung out and died on impact.

On Thursday night well-known Greytonian Charles Chiliba, was driving in the eThebisweni area when he allegedly hit a cow, lost control of his bakkie, which then rolled.
Matimatola police, who were called to the scene, reported that he had died on impact.

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