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Family last to know about Rasuge's remains

2012-03-27 11:25

Cape Town - The media was told that slain police Constable Francis Rasuge's remains had been positively identified before her family, her brother Edward Rasuge said on Tuesday.

"To be honest with you, we were very much hurt," he told 567 CapeTalk radio.

"Immediately, when someone reported about the human bones at the house, we believe they should have come to us and said this is what we have, we are going to search and then they will come back to us."

Rasuge said journalists showed him an e-mail from the police on Monday stating that a DNA test had confirmed that the remains discovered at a house in Temba, outside Pretoria, were those of his sister.

Lying killer

Rasuge told the radio station he did not really know her killer, William Nkuna.

"I'm not the kind of guy who would intervene in my sister's affairs."

However, he had been affected by Nkuna's denial of the murder.

"I cried to hear him telling lies, showing no remorse for what he did, denying everything that he's done."

Rasuge's remains are to be returned to her family so they can lay her to rest.

Construction workers found the bones while laying a foundation at Nkuna's house on March 20. The police's K9 Unit and the forensic laboratory later uncovered several bones, including a skull.

Rasuge went missing on August 27 2004. She was last seen alive with Nkuna outside a hairdressing salon in Temba.

Judge Ronald Hendricks sentenced Nkuna, in the Mmabatho Circuit Court sitting in Ga-Rankuwa, to life imprisonment in November 2005, even though her body had not been found.

A vision

A few weeks after Nkuna was sentenced, David Cornelius, 35, who purported to be a friend of Nkuna's, claimed he knew where Rasuge was buried and led police to a grave.

The body that was exhumed turned out to be that of an older woman buried long before Rasuge's disappearance.

In 2007, the garage of Nkuna's house was dug up, revealing nothing, after a sangoma claimed to have had a vision which revealed that Rasuge's remains were buried underneath a garage at a private property.

Police also used three search dogs at the property, none of which responded positively to signs of human remains.

Comments
  • Rohin - 2012-03-27 12:19

    personally if a journalist came to interview me and i found out that way, or if a cop rocked up at my door to tell me, - it wouldn't make a difference to me.

      sebata69 - 2012-03-27 12:42

      Jounalists will always publish the story on newspapers before you even know about it because their job is to tell the world. Police are the ones to report to the family and not to journalists. There are certain supportive measures to be taken you report these type of incidents to the family of which journalists do not have. Police were wrong to tell the journalists.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-03-27 13:34

      I agree with Sebata69... police are trained to do trauma counselling and put supportive measures in place for the family... A journalist is not. Rohin... You will remember these words when the next knock on your door is a journalist and not a trained professional. My thoughts are with this poor family - may they find solice and peace in their memories of their daughter, sister and friend. RIP

  • Grant - 2012-03-27 12:28

    I wonder how a conviction was secured when there was no body at the time?

      Bongani - 2012-03-27 12:37

      There is something that is called circumstantial evidence in law. There was enough evidence to provide that Nkuna was guilty, although the body was not found.

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-03-27 12:43

      He was the first person in SA to be convicted for murder, with no body present. The facts pointing to his guilt were overwhelming. Not just compelling, overwhelming. He lied on the stand continuously, he could be placed in her company before her disappearance, there was evidence of extreme violence on his part while they were in a relationship, death threats, and severe beatings. The judge had no problem with the issue of proving beyond resonable doubt, that he (ex boyfriend) was involved. Last but not least was the fact that she had a familiy, who she saw frequently, a job, where she attended per contract, no debt - and yet she just disappeared off the face of the earth.

      sebata69 - 2012-03-27 12:44

      I think the killer should face an additional charge of causing 8 years of pain to the family by concealing the body.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-03-27 13:38

      I'm also surprised that they didn't have a warrant to dig up his WHOLE yard? Why only his garage? Surely they could have done that for the family or was it too much effort?

  • Manford - 2012-03-27 14:07

    @rohin, if it were yu its ok ,but it not yu respect that plz,remember we have laws and dignity

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