Lost woman in hospital after hit-and-run

RELIEF: Smangele Khuzwayo's sister, Zodwa Khuzwayo, and her aunt, Ntombikayise Nkwanyana at at the hospital. Pic. Langelihle Chagwe. 11/10/2007. © Sowetan.
RELIEF: Smangele Khuzwayo's sister, Zodwa Khuzwayo, and her aunt, Ntombikayise Nkwanyana at at the hospital. Pic. Langelihle Chagwe. 11/10/2007. © Sowetan.

Langelihle Chawge

Langelihle Chawge

After a frantic three-day search, the family of a young Soweto woman, who was left semi-comatose after a hit- and-run accident, has found her in hospital.

Smangele Khuzwayo, 25, of Mzimhlophe hostel, was knocked down by a speeding car at the Noordgesig-Orlando East intersection on Monday morning. The driver of the car that hit her did not heed a red robot or stop afterwards.

She was on her way to write a computer course exam at the African Gainako Poverty Alleviation Projects Centre which is based at Emthonjaneni Primary School in Orlando.

Her sister Zodwa Khuzwayo, 36, said the family was relieved to find Smangele alive at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital.

"We searched for her at government mortuaries and hospitals until we found her at Bara," she said.

Khuzwayo said Smangele completed her matric seven years ago at Thathunyawo High School in KwaZulu-Natal and came to Johannesburg to further her studies.

She is the last-born child in a family of eight.

Ntombikayise Nkwanyana, 46, Smangele's aunt had travelled from Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal to join in the search for her niece.

Nkwanyana said she could not believe that Smangele was still alive.

"When I heard about Smangele's disappearance I was shocked and thought she was dead."

Orlando police spokesman Captain Nomvula Mbhense said they were investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving.

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