Two bodies exhumed in South Africa, echoes of dark past

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 21:02

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



First Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 21:02

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