Joggers’ deaths: ‘Hit and run’ driver to plead today

2016-04-05 12:30
Mcabango Hlongwa appeared in the Hew Hanover Magistrate’s Court.

Mcabango Hlongwa appeared in the Hew Hanover Magistrate’s Court. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The motorist charged for the alleged “hit and run” deaths of joggers Sithabile Mkhasibe and Xolani Nxele at Dalton in February, is expected to plead to the charges on Monday.

Mcabango Hlongwa (37) recently withdrew his initial bail application and consulted with a legal aid attorney in connection with the case arising from the deaths of the joggers on February 26 this year.

The case was thereafter transferred to the Pietermaritzburg regional court amidst expectations that Hlongwa intended to enter a possible guilty plea in the matter.

His attorney yesterday confirmed that he is intending to plead to the charge, but said he needed a little more time to prepare and to further consult with Hlongwa and requested the matter be enrolled for today.

Hlongwa is charged with driving his Honda Ballade car whilst under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs on the day in question — February 26 this year.

He is also facing two counts of culpable homicide for allegedly causing the deaths of Mkhasibe and Nxele, and is charged with defeating the ends of justice for allegedly killing Mkhasibe, driving off with her body and concealing it in a sugar cane plantation so that the police would not find her body.

Family and friends of the victims of the incident at court expressed disappointment at yet another delay in the finalisation of the case.

Mkhasibe’s sister, Nomcebo Nkabinde, told The Witness the family desperately wants to see justice done.

“Ridiculous,” was her comment about yesterday’s delay in the case.

“Hopefully it [the plea] will take place today. It is just taking too long.”

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