Masutha to decide on KZN mass graves

2015-06-30 08:11
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Durban - Justice Minister Michael Masutha is expected to make a decision on what steps will be taken following the discovery of a mass grave on a KwaZulu-Natal farm earlier this year, the Mercury reported on Tuesday.

The KZN government announced in March that an estimated 100 graves had been discovered on Glenroy Farm in Dududu, South Coast.

The office of the premier said it would enlist the services of the National Prosecuting Authority, the Department of Home Affairs and others for further forensic investigation to determine the identities of those believed to be buried on the farm.

News24 earlier reported that it was sangoma Gogo Bongekile Nonhlanhla Nkomo’s vision that led to the apparent discovery of gravesites in the village of Zembeni.

According to reports, there was a hive of activity at the gravesite last week with police sniffer dogs and NPA officials sighted; however, no digging had been done.  

The provincial government says it is still waiting for a response from President Jacob Zuma as to what steps it will take next. 

The Mercury reported on Tuesday that premier Senzo Mchunu wrote a letter to the president after Cabinet had resolved that the matter was “extremely sensitive, given the unfortunate history of our country".

Thami Ngwenya, from the office of the premier, reportedly said they were advised that the matter had been referred to Masutha to make a decision and that they are waiting to hear what the next steps will be.

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