DNA tests to be conducted on skeleton found in Soweto

2015-12-17 14:21

Johannesburg - DNA tests will be conducted on the skeleton, believed to be that of missing University of Johannesburg student Palesa Madiba, which was found in a shallow grave, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

"Police have concluded investigations in the area, now they have to do DNA tests," spokesperson Tshekiso Mofokeng said.

No arrests had been made since the discovery of the body. An officer at the Moroka police station received a tip-off in the early hours of Wednesday morning about a body buried in the yard of a house belonging to Madiba's friends in Phiri, Soweto.

"We called our dog unit and they could not find anything. The anonymous tip said the body was buried in the backyard. We saw that a hole had been dug in the house and we found that bricks had been laid on top of the body," the officer said.

Madiba was last seen in August 2013, when she was on her way to UJ’s Soweto campus for her morning classes. ‎She had spent the weekend at a friend's house and was expected back home in Diepkloof on the Monday evening.

Mofokeng said the friend's family was still living in the house.

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