East London police looking for driver after minor dies in hit and run


A seven-year old girl was on Monday morning killed in a car accident on her way to school from her home in Thembalethu, Reeston in East London.

Indiphile Hibana, a Grade 1 pupil from Nkangeleko Intermediate School is believed to have been hit by a navy blue Ford bakkie transporting pupils at about 7:00 am on Monday. The bakkie driver fled the scene immediately after the incident.

The young girl’s father, Mliliseli Hibana told the Daily Dispatch how he found his daughter in a ditch next to the gravel road.

“We were called from home by a neighbour, who was going to work and came across her body lying in the road.

“He just said that our daughter had been hit by a car but when we rushed to the scene... we found her already dead,” said the shattered Hibana.

She was found with a wide head wound.

Thembalethu resident, Nosicelo Wewe, said: “Our roads are gravel roads and they are very bad”.

According to the infuriated residents, the police only came to the scene hours after the driver had fled the township.

“We called the police station several times but there was no help. Our ward councillor had to call an East London police van she saw passing by,” added Wewe.

Police spokesperson, Hazel Mqala said the reason for the delay is because the Scenery Park police station had only one vehicle available at the time as others were all in for repairs.

Police are currently investigating a case of culpable homicide.