'Drunk' driver kills jogging couple

2016-02-29 12:00
Sithabile Mkhasibe who has been missing since Friday night after she was hit by a car while jogging in Wartburg.

Sithabile Mkhasibe who has been missing since Friday night after she was hit by a car while jogging in Wartburg. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Police are searching for a jogger who they believe was killed by a drunk driver, who then allegedly dumped her body in Dalton.

Sithabile Mkhasibe, 27, an engineer who had recently returned to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands from the Eastern Cape to be closer to her family, has been missing since Friday night after she and her boyfriend were hit by a car while jogging.

The horrific accident, which is believed to have claimed the lives of the couple, occurred on Main Road, Dalton, when a drunk driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle, struck the pair and allegedly continued to drive with the boyfriend’s body on the bonnet and Mkhasibe up against the windshield.

The boyfriend, who the police did not name on Sunday, eventually slid off the bonnet and was declared dead on the scene.

A third jogger, who was not injured, witnessed the incident.

Mkhasibe’s brother Andile Mlotshwa told The Witness police had informed him that the driver of the car that hit Mkhasibe, had allegedly admitted to police that he continued driving while Mkhasibe was stuck on the car windscreen and then dumped her body in a sugarcane field in Dalton, a small town about 45 minutes outside of the provincial capital.

“The problem we have is that he is saying he cannot remember the exact spot that he dumped her body,” he said.

Mkhasibe’s frantic family are desperate, not knowing whether she is in a hospital, a mortuary or whether her lifeless body is lying in sugarcane field in Dalton.

He said they were alerting the public in the hope that she could be found, dead or alive.

He said his sister had been visiting her boyfriend in Wartburg.

“He continued driving while my sister was stuck on the windshield. What we have been told is that he had noticed that she was not breathing anymore and then decided to dump her in a sugarcane field,” he said.

Mlotshwa, who said he was told the details of the incident by the SAPS, said the driver drove to the accident scene on Saturday where he was recognised by an eyewitness.

“Luckily police were already on the scene and also the other friend who had survived. He was able to identify him,” he said.

Mlotshwa said his sister liked jogging to keep fit.

“She was living a healthy lifestyle. She always encouraged us to also follow suit,” he said.

Mkhasibe had recently “abandoned her good paying” job in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, to be close to family.

“Family was everything to her. That is why she abandoned her engineering job.

“She had her whole life ahead of her. She studied engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and she had no children,” he said.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed a case had been opened at Dalton police station.

“The 37-year-old driver of the car will appear [on Monday] at New Hanover Magistrate’s Court for a bail hearing.

“He is facing charges of culpable homicide and drunk driving,” he said.

Zwane said the search for the missing body was still continuing.

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