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Probe into why Rasuge family last to know

2012-03-27 13:55

Cape Town - Police will launch an investigation into why Constable Francis Rasuge’s family were told of her remains being found after the media was, a Gauteng police spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Gauteng police sent out a media alert on Monday afternoon stating that remains found on a residence in Temba, outside Pretoria, were those of Rasuge.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale told News24 that a warrant officer from Temba police station was supposed to go to her home and inform her family.

However, the family was only informed later on Monday when a journalist went to the house for comment and found that the family hadn’t been informed.

Edward Rasuge, the murdered policewoman’s brother, told 567 CapeTalk radio, that the journalist showed him the media alert from the police. 

"To be honest with you, we were very much hurt," he said.

"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."

Brother didn’t know killer

Rasuge’s mother collapsed when she was told about the find and required medical attention.

The bones were found on the property of the policewoman’s boyfriend, William Nkuna, who was sentenced to life in jail for her murder.

Rasuge told the radio station he did not really know 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.