Lethiwe Makhanya
journalist
2 minute read
28 May 2022
06:00

Body of missing Pietermaritzburg woman (24) found

Lethiwe Makhanya

The body of one of the two daughters of the Hawazi family who were swept away by the April floods has been found.

The body of one of the two daughters of the Hawazi family who were swept away by the April floods has been found.

The Peace Valley 2 family and residents are now breathing a sigh of relief as the family is nearer to getting closure.

Layla Hawazi’s (24) body was discovered on Thursday afternoon in the Msunduzi River next to Hulamin.

She was swept away on April 14 together with her younger sister Nusra Hawazi (19) while they were trying to cross the Apollo low-level bridge in Peace Valley 2.

They were both on their way to school when the incident happened. The younger sister has not been found yet.

Father of both girls, Ishibahombewa Hawazi told Weekend Witness on Friday that he was relieved that his daughter has been found.

He said his daughter’s body was discovered by vagrants from Peace Valley who were walking next to the river looking for metal.

“They knew my daughters were missing wearing their Muslim clothes and when they found the body of a girl wearing Muslim clothes they called me to go and check if it was my daughter and indeed, it was her. “I am so grateful to God. At least now I will have some sort of closure knowing where she is. I will be able to bury my daughter,” he said.

“I also urge our business community and social workers to respectively give social and psycho-social support to this very highly traumatised family.”
Ward 23 councillor Dumisani Phungula

Hawazi said he has faith that they will find his second daughter. He said they will start another search next week.

Ward 23 councillor Dumisani Phungula said they were relieved that the girl had been found. He thanked the community members from Peace Valley 2 for always giving their support to the Hawazi family during the dark and difficult moments.

“I also urge our business community and social workers to respectively give social and psycho-social support to this very highly traumatised family,” he said.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Sifiso Gwala confirmed that the body was discovered. He said police have opened an inquest.

Layla was buried on Friday afternoon.