Two bodies exhumed in South Africa, echoes of dark past

Forensic scientists exhumed two graves in search of the bodies of two young men reportedly last seen 24 years ago at the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Johannesburg: Forensic scientists exhumed two graves in search of the bodies of two young men reportedly last seen 24 years ago at the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The discovery could force a new police investigation into the killings in the late 1980s of people accused of spying for the apartheid government, including ones carried out by the Mandela United Football Club, a group the then wife of Nelson Mandela used as bodyguards and, some charge, to get rid of perceived enemies.
South Africa`s Truth and Reconciliation in the late 1990s said she was responsible for the disappearances of 21-year-old Lolo Sono and his friend Siboniso Tshabalala, 19.
Madikizela-Mandela has denied all knowledge of the men. Relatives sang hymns and songs on Tuesday as scientists exhumed the bodies.

PTI