DNA test confirms Rasuge remains

2012-03-26 16:24

Johannesburg - A DNA test has confirmed that the human remains discovered at a house in Temba, outside Pretoria, are those of slain police Constable Francis Rasuge, Gauteng police said on Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said the DNA was analysed by a forensic science laboratory.

Construction workers came across the bones while laying a foundation at the house of her murderer William Nkuna 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.

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

Speculation on remains of Rasuge

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 the sentence was handed down, 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.

  • Refiloe - 2012-03-26 16:55

    thank God they finaly found her. nw hr fmly cn ly her to rest.

  • Keikantseng - 2012-03-26 16:57


  • hc12345 - 2012-03-26 17:05

    I am glad for the family. It would be great if civilians got the same priority. We have to wait years for cases to come to court as we just go to the back of a line that does not move due to government incompetence!!

  • Thando Sithole - 2012-03-26 17:08

    finally the Rasuge family has found closure may her soul rest in peace

  • phillistus.monama - 2012-03-26 17:17

    Ag shame finally... There's closure

  • manyanyaphiri - 2012-03-26 17:21

    Big Up, Judge Hendricks! Even though I personally was all along secretly apprehensive of the long-term outcomes to that judgment of yours on Rasuge's former lover, I can see you are vindicated now. I wish more judges in South Africa would get to that level in mettle when seized with matters of "unconventional" cases. Few, definitely not myself, would now still want to believe that SOMEBODY else, other than the convict, was responsible for the clearly dastardly private interment of the hapless constable.

      mzijimmym - 2012-03-26 17:34

      I THINK THE COWARD CONVICT INTERNED THE REMAINS HIMSELF.May he rot in jail if he does not repent.

  • mzijimmym - 2012-03-26 17:24

    Praise be to God that the bones were ultimately found.Now the family can get closure.I would like to confort the Rasuges with these Biblcal verses:"Lord,every morning you hear my voice.Every morning I tell you wehat I need and I for your answer." Ps 5:3."Yet when you relied on the Lord he delivered them into your hand."2 Chron 16:8.

  • Penelope - 2012-03-26 17:55

    Its good that Nkuna is going 2 rot in jail!the chapter is closed on Rasuge's disappearance

  • Penelope - 2012-03-26 17:55

    Its good that Nkuna is going 2 rot in jail!the chapter is closed on Rasuge's disappearance

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-26 17:56

    I was about to scream with glee when I saw the headline only to wonder whether indeed those were Rasuge's remains. As soon as I read that three (3) police dogs couldn't positively respond to human remains before and further having read that police forensic laboratory is ill-equiped and therefore unable to deal with serious DNA cases, then I am sceptical that indeed it is Rasuge's remains. In the light of the above, I urge people not to celebrate until teh report is confirmed by an independent body/expert.

      mzijimmym - 2012-03-26 18:13

      Please do not be a Doubting Thomas!

      Zimbobwe - 2012-03-26 20:12

      Mr david do you work for news24??? What is with the sceptism??? What do you think the Rasuge family are going through with this maybe it's her or maybe not??? Give some respect baba!!!

  • thando.january - 2012-03-26 18:54

    Give that judge a Bells!

      Luviwe - 2012-03-26 19:45

      That is his job and we pay him for that.

  • Born - 2012-03-26 20:12

    Apana ku sema..

  • victoria.alebabe - 2012-03-26 20:16

    Atleast the family wil now hav peace knwin dat thier child wil b buried wit dignity God realy answerd thier prayer. As 4 Nkuna he shud rot in jail

      Luviwe - 2012-03-26 20:30

      Without a possibility of a parole.

  • Moshe - 2012-03-27 02:37

    At long last, CLOSURE!!,reason for concern:Our police force failed to find or locate the remains of one of their own for 8 years,with de support from the then Min of safety,Comm of police n Premier of Northwest,still,eight long years.I can't help but wonder about other ordinary civilian cases!

  • lmathebe - 2012-03-27 09:36

    Judgement should be reviewed.

  • mary.kekana - 2012-03-27 10:36

    Im Gld they found the closure so thet they can burry her with dignity, God is our savior,God Bless u Rasuges

  • pages:
  • 1