Missing jogger’s body is found

2016-03-02 11:59
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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POLICE have found the body of jogger Sithabile Mkhasibe after she went missing on Friday night when she and her boyfriend, Xolani Nxele, were killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Police made the discovery on a remote road in grasslands in Dalton last night after 6 pm, four days after the accident occurred.

A close source said good police work had led them to where the body was discovered.

Mkhasibe (27), an engineer, had recently returned to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands from the Eastern Cape to be closer to her family.

The horror accident occurred on Main Road, Dalton, when an alleged drunk driver lost control of his vehicle, struck the pair and allegedly continued to drive with Nxele’s body on the bonnet and Mkhasibe up against the windshield.

Nxele eventually slid off the bonnet and was declared dead on the scene.

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

The man who is accused of driving the car that ploughed into them appeared in court on Monday. Mcabango Hlongwa (37) was remanded in custody and charged with culpable homicide, driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance and failing to stop after the accident.

Attempts to contact Mkhasibe’s family last night were unsuccessful.

Previously, the family of Mkhasibe were determined to find her, although the search for the 27-year-old was draining their finances.

Nxele died at the scene. His body was recovered and his family is busy with funeral arrangements. However, Mkhasibe’s body had not been found. Her family has been travelling over 100 km every day from Mooi River to Dalton to search for her.

Her brother, Andile Mlotshwa, said he had used up all his savings as the search continues.

“Petrol is expensive these days. But there is something that keeps on saying we will find her. It keeps us going,” he said.

Mkhasibe’s family have searched for her in the sugar cane fields where Hlongwa says he dumped her body, and have also searched at hospitals and mortuaries.

“We are scattered all over the region because we do not know for sure that she is in this sugar cane field.

“The driver said that he was too drunk when the incident took place to remember where he dumped her body.

“We have looked for her everywhere, to no avail. It is emotionally draining,” said Mlotshwa.

Mkhasibe, a University of KwaZulu-Natal engineering graduate, had recently quit her job in Port Elizabeth to be closer to her family.

She had been visiting her boyfriend Nxele, also an engineer, when they were knocked down.

Hlongwa allegedly failed to stop when his Honda Ballade struck the couple.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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