Search continues for missing KZN jogger

2016-03-01 15:56


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Durban - The search continues for a missing jogger who was killed by an alleged drunk driver near Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal on Friday

Sithabile Mkhasibe had been running with her boyfriend Xolani Nxele, when the pair were struck by a car.

Her boyfriend was flung from the bonnet of the car and later died as a result of his injuries.

In a bizarre twist, the driver of the car, Mcabango Hlongwa, 37, is also accused of dumping Mkhasibe’s body in a sugarcane field.

Police sources close to the investigation, who could not be named, said that the driver had led officers on several fruitless excursions to find Mkhasibe's body.

They told News24 that two children had been in the car at the time of the accident, and they too had been unable or unwilling to help officers locate the body.

Mkhasibe's brother, Andile Mlotshwa, told The Witness newspaper that the family were desperate, not knowing whether she was in a hospital, a mortuary, or whether her lifeless body was lying in sugarcane field in Dalton.

Mkhasibe's mother, Thuli Zuma, 50, spoke to News24 on Monday after Hlongwa appeared in court. 

She said she only heard the news of her daughter's death on Saturday night because her daughter's phone had pin codes and police could not access numbers of the next of kin.

"He must rot in jail because she was my only daughter. She did not deserve to die like that."

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 friends of Mkhasibe's whom she was supposed to meet up with. 

"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 when the incident occurred.

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