Rasuge case: More charges may follow

2012-03-26 22:56
Johannesburg - The confirmation that the human remains discovered at a house in Temba, outside Pretoria, are those of slain police Constable Francis Rasuge, may lead to new charges, the national prosecuting authority said on Monday.

DNA had been analysed by a forensic science laboratory, according to Gauteng police, confirming the remains belonged to Rasuge.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said now that her remains had been found, any person found to have helped Nkuna dispose of her body or bury her, would be charged with being an accessory after the fact.

"Any decision will be informed by what the police present to us. So we will wait and see," he said.

As it stood, there could be grounds to charge Nkuna with defeating the ends of justice.

"But that would not serve any purpose since he is serving a life sentence," said Mhaga.

Last week, construction workers came across the bones while laying a foundation at the house of her Rasuge's murderer William Nkuna.

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.

During an interview with Radio 702 at the time, Nkuna claimed that he missed Rasuge and that he was not sure whether she was alive.

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.

At the time of Nkuna's trial, widespread appeals were made for him to reveal the whereabouts of Rasuge's remains.

Hundreds of spectators broke into cheers and song when they saw the sentencing on five television screens outside the court.

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

The body was exhumed, but 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, to no avail, after a sangoma claimed to have had a vision which revealed that Rasuge's remains were buried underneath a garage at a private property.

It was one of more than 100 reports, based on dreams and visions, about the policewoman's whereabouts since she went missing, police said.

Police even used three search dogs at the property, none of which responded positively for human remains.
- SAPA
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