Sbahle crash: Dad vows to find whoever nearly killed his girl
The socialite’s dad, a former cop, wants to find out how Sbahle’s sports car careened into a tree and caught fire
While Durban socialite Sbahle Mpisane showed promising signs of recovery this week, her father Sbu is on a crusade to track down the car he claims pushed his daughter from the road in the horror crash that nearly killed her.
The former cop and controversial businessman told Times Select a man known to his daughter had allegedly driven away after “causing” the Women’s Day crash that saw Sbahle’s sports car careen into a tree and catch fire.
“From what I have found out so far, is that this is someone who she knows and who was with her that night before she left the club,” he said.The social media celebrity and fitness model had, the night before her crash, attended a function in Durban’s inner city.
It is believed she crashed after leaving the venue in the early hours of the public holiday.The 25-year-old, who underwent reconstructive surgery to her jaw last week, uttered her first words on Sunday when she asked for her father. Her injuries from the crash were so severe that paramedics who were first on the scene reported she was barely breathing.
Buoyed by his daughter’s will to live, the former cop is on the hunt for the man who he believes nudged his daughter’s car into a death spin.“I am not a member of the mafia, I have gotten this information and I have taken it to the police, but I am not just going to sit on my hands and do nothing. I am going to find this man,” he said.
He said a man close to the “driver” had come to the hospital.
“He couldn’t look me in the eyes. I was a policeman, and I know guilt when I see it and he knows who did this to my daughter.”
He said her car had been so badly damaged – by the fire and by rescuers cutting his daughter from the wreckage – that evidence of a collision would be near impossible to detect.Police spokeswoman Thembeka Mbele said one car, Sbahle’s, had been involved in the crash and that police were investigating a criminal case of reckless and negligent driving. She did not respond to the claims that Mpisane had supplied them with additional information.
Mpisane revealed an eThekwini municipality surveillance camera – trained on the intersection where Sbahle crashed – did not work.
The camera, he said, would have had a closeup and detailed view of the events of that night.
Municipality spokesperson Mandla Nsele didn’t respond to queries about the cameras.“I had someone come to me and say they had information about my daughter’s accident. He told me that a white VW Polo had hit her car as she was taking the bend and that caused her to lose control and hit the tree,” he said.