Man accused of killing Palesa Madiba to appear in court

The family of a murdered Johannesburg student says they cannot believe how slowly the wheels of justice have turned - two years since her remains were dug up in Soweto. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Palesa Madiba's family cannot believe how slowly the wheels of justice turn.

Dumisani Mkhwanazi, the man accused of killing the University of Johannesburg student is expected to appear in court on Monday, more than 6-years after she disappeared, having visited friends in Phiri, Soweto.

Madiba’s remains were discovered more than two-years later, in a shallow grave in the backyard of the friends' home.

Mkhwanazi, the friend's uncle, was finally arrested earlier this year.

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Her case became one of South Africa's most high-profile cold cases - until her remains were found.

Police had received an anonymous tip-off.

For Madiba’s family - the pain hasn't eased.

“That is why you never want to go there. It’s like you live on the surface,” said Madiba’s aunt, Malesela Moshidi.

“You locked the story and you shelve it. But unfortunately, it keeps coming back. It’s like that to most members of the family, as I said we are really, really close”.

Madiba’s family strongly believes that her friend and family have known what happened all along.

The family still wishes it had been allowed to see their rose grow, into the independent woman she dreamed of.


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