A Langa family is appealing for public assistance to help bury their 29-year-old daughter, Nomawethu Manzini. Manzini and her friend, Busisiwe Gabuza, were allegedly run over by a vehicle on Bennie Street, on Monday 25 March. Manzini died on the spot, while Gabuza died later in hospital. It is alleged that the pair was standing on the side of the road in the early hours on Monday when a vehicle ploughed into them. It is believed that the driver was trying to evade criminals who attempted to hijack his vehicle. Langa police station spokesperson Nondumiso Paul confirmed the incident. She said a case of culpable homicide had been opened, however, no arrest had been made yet. “The incident occurred when the driver was trying to fight off criminals who were trying to hijack his car. The hijackers tried to grab the steering wheel and the car swerved off the road and hit the people who were standing on the pavement,” she said. Paul said police are investigating the matter. Manzini’s aunt Elizabeth Manzini (70) said she doesn’t believe that her niece is no more. Elizabeth said the family is unsure of how they will bury Manzini. She said they have no means of paying for the funeral and asked the public to help. “Nomawethu was a nice girl. She was humble and laughed all the time. I’m heartbroken, as a family we shattered by her death,” said Elizabeth. Manzini’s friend and witness Neliswa Balfour said she was standing on the opposite side of the road when the vehicle drove into her friends.“The car was swerving off the road and was on high speed. Both my friends were standing on the pavement on the opposite side chatting when the incident took place. It hit them and went through the yard, detroyed the slabs and stopped on the other side of the yard,” said Balfour. “Manzini died on the scene,” she said, battling to control the tears. She added that everything happened in a flash and Manzini was apparently pulled out under the vehicle. Balfour described the deceased as her best friends. “We were so close. We were playing together for Langa Hockey Club. I grew up with Manzini from childhood. We used to fight and a few minutes later we started chatting again,” said the devastated Balfour adding that Gabuza was visiting them. She stayed in Delft.