Man appears in court for allegedly killing KZN jogging couple

2016-02-29 22:01
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Durban – A 37 year-old man appeared in the New Hanover Magistrates Court in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday for allegedly running over and killing a couple who were jogging on Friday night.

Industrial engineer Sithabile Mkhasibe, 25, and her boyfriend, Xolani Nxele, were killed when Mcabango Hlongwa, 37, allegedly lost control of his vehicle and crashed into them.

They had been jogging along Main Road in Dalton at around 19:30 when the incident happened. Nxele died instantly but police are still trying to locate Mkhasibe’s body.

KZN police spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane, said the man was remanded in custody while the Police Search and Rescue team continue to look for Mkhasibe’s body.

Mkhasibe’s mother, Thuli Zuma, 50, said she only heard the news of her daughter’s death on Saturday night because her daughter’s phone had pin codes and they could not access her number.

“He must rot in jail because she was my only daughter, she did not deserve to die like that.”

Went to visit boyfriend

She said Mkhasibe left her Mooi River home on Friday to visit her boyfriend in Dalton.

Zuma said her daughter was still sleeping when she left home to work in Nottingham Road at around 07:00. “We spoke during the day and that was the last time I spoke to her.”

On Saturday Zuma received a phone call from Mkhasibe’s friends who she was meant to meet up with later. 

“I got worried and I called her and people answered the phone and kept passing it around for me to speak to different people. I started screaming and demanded to speak to my child.”

Zuma said she spoke to Nxele’s mother and she knew immediately that something was wrong and drove to Dalton.

“We drove straight to the boyfriend’s colleague’s house where we found a person who was jogging with them.”

Zuma said the jogger told her that her daughter was jogging at the front, her boyfriend was in the middle and he was at the back.

“He said the car came flying and hit both of them and carried them on the windscreen of the car. Her boyfriend fell off and the driver rode over him.

“He continued to drive with my daughter on the windscreen and drove into sugar cane fields.”

Conflicting information

Zuma said the family had received conflicting information about what happened to her daughter next.

“We were told that there were two children in the car. One of the children said there was a body in the boot and the driver got out and dragged her body into the sugarcane fields.

“We were also informed that the driver told a nine-year-old child to carry the torch for him.”

Zuma said the driver pointed out where he left the body.

“She is still missing. He showed us the spot but she is not there. We don’t know where she is.”

Zuma said she just wanted her daughter’s body back.

“They did not deserve to die that way. Her boyfriend was ridden over by three vehicles. His mom told me that the body was in bad condition,” said Zuma.

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