The bodies of two persons were found inside a vehicle when Police divers and members of Delta1 Rescue Diving practised a routine dive. The dive took place at the bridge next to Unicor dam. The diving team arrived at the scene approximately 09H00 on Friday morning expecting a routine practice dive.
The Bulletin was invited to the exercise and arrived a few minutes after the discovery had been made. The registration number was traced to Emzinoni. The Bulletin provided the number from our documentation and matched it to the missing person’s posts that were done on the Bulletin’s Facebook Page. Police immediately sprang into action and retrieved the missing person’s report, notifying the family of the owner of the vehicle.
At this stage, it was unclear if there were more than one body in the VW Citi Golf. The divers managed to open the car door at a later stage and confirmed that there were indeed two bodies inside the vehicle.
The retrieval process had to be done from the side of the bridge as the walls of the bridge are too steep and too high. This lead to people speculating on social media about the cause of the accident. On 4 July 2018 Siyabonga Nkabi and Philisiwe Precious Mtsweni (Nonozi) left Siyabonga’s home in Evander to take Nonozi to her home in Emzinoni, Bethal, as Siyabonga had to go to work at Sasol.
They never reached their destination in Bethal and missing persons reports were filed on both of them.
The Bulletin also posted on all possible social media networks to help assist in finding them. Needless to say to no avail…
It was as if they just disappeared from the face of the earth. They were last seen at approximately 05H00 on that fateful Wednesday morning.
The disappearance of people is very traumatic for the family and friends that are left behind. Family seek closure to help deal with such a traumatic experience. At this stage police cannot confirm whether the bodies are of the above-mentioned
victims because of the condition of the bodies, pending further investigation. The next of kin have been informed of the discovery, however, the outcome of the investigation will be a determining factor.
Some family members also visited the scene on Friday after being alerted by the police. The residents of Govan Mbeki area are shocked by the news of the discovery.
A few Facebook users commented that they were at the scene and that they recognised the vehicle as that of Siyabonga’s, confirming their worst suspicions. Facebook was also abuzz with rumours, allegations and theories but the Bulletin decided not to pursue them nor would we mention them here in this article.
The Bulletin would like to express their heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.