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New probe into 'Winnie' missing pair

2012-12-18 21:59

Johannesburg - A fresh investigation has begun into the disappearance of two men reportedly last seen with former president Nelson Mandela's wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Makhosini Nkosi said it had "recently obtained information" about Lolo Sono and Siboniso Shabalala, who went missing in 1988.

He said burial sites were being examined to find the remains of the pair, but could not confirm reports that they were linked to Madikizela-Mandela.

"The investigations into this case are still ongoing... No exact burial sites have yet been confirmed or excavated," he said in a statement.

AP reported that the two had last been seen at Madikizela-Mandela's home in Soweto, Johannesburg, in November that year.

Madikizela-Mandela was convicted in 1991 of kidnapping four young men and taking part in assaults on them. She was initially sentenced to six years in jail but on appeal was ordered to pay a fine.

Nkosi said a missing person’s task team in the NPA had been mandated to trace the missing two.

"It is standard practice for the... team to take DNA from family members of missing persons... so that DNA testing can be done... This has been done with the Sono and Shabalala families," he said.

"Should the remains of Lolo Sono and Siboniso Shabalala be located and identified through DNA, these remains will be formally handed to the two families by the department of justice and constitutional development..."

Comments
  • Mandy Casey - 2012-12-18 22:01

    Missing pair of brain cells

      mathata.fela.7 - 2012-12-19 06:27

      She is evil personified, but then again she did receive a nice medal for bravery or something. How is it possible that something so sick can still be walking freely among us in this modern day and age?

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-12-19 08:37

      Don't pick up stompies...

      george.frangs - 2012-12-19 12:43

      @ Fredster69 *facepalm*

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-12-18 22:15

    I think I have found them , they are under her jacket ! :-)

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-12-18 22:21

    They are right in front of her!

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-12-18 22:30

    How can the ZumaNPA find missing persons while they are still trying to find spy tapes?

  • tatana.mhlongo - 2012-12-18 22:51

    So NPA is capable of finding missing people though is quite visibly struggling to obtain spy tapes? How funny is this? I would say very!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-12-19 00:21

    They are hidden under her wig.......hell the wheels of justice sure turn slowly.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-19 08:11

      Agree..the wheel might be turning slowly but it does turn...one-day is one-day.....

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-12-19 00:25

    If the NPA can find their remains its a good thing and it will bring closure to this two families. And maybe some light will surface on what killed them. For now NPA make sure that those 'spy tapes' are ready next March.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-19 08:04

      Hear hear....

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-19 08:12

      Well said...

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-19 15:55

      I wish the NPA can do the same on apartheid government. So many people disappeared without trace. Many families still crying for their beloved that disappeared during apartheid years.

  • sexyfancyface - 2012-12-19 04:29

    Do I not love politics. Its payback time those who opposed Zuma bazonya straight!

  • barry.pointeer - 2012-12-19 05:13

    just check in her assstray next to stompie....

      ian.robertreid - 2012-12-19 06:21

      Couldn,t have said it better myself Barry? well done ten out of ten?

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-19 08:01

      100% ....

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-19 06:26

    It,s not wat u r that gets u off the hook but who u r? IRR

  • OSSY24 - 2012-12-19 07:39

    death becomes her!!

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-19 07:48

    There are plenty of 'skeletons in her cupboard' that need investigation!!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-12-19 08:19

    "No exact burial sites have been confirmed" - wow they must be doing alot of digging. And we all thought they were potholes.

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2012-12-19 08:26

    Winnie had better be praying that Madiba lives forever because he is the only think keeping her and her antics out of the courts. The minute the icon is gone so will her protection.

  • jennifer.d.martin.750 - 2012-12-19 08:35

    African Politics makes me sick.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-19 15:49

      My suggestion, stop reading them. You can go to www.bbc.com, www.cnn.com, www.skynews.com, www.japannews.com, etc. Just a suggestion. Wish you luck.

  • flysouth - 2012-12-19 13:01

    If you want to know the truth about this execrable woman read 'Katiza's Journey' by Fred Bridgland - get it from the library and learn about evil of this woman and the ANC she belongs to!

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-12-19 13:02

    What again??? Poor Stompie still hasn't been avenged. Must be VERY convenient to have friends in high places

  • conquergp33 - 2012-12-19 15:57

    Child for muti killler

  • cathy.cawoodrutledge - 2013-03-16 20:13

    Justice is long overdue on this case. So what if she supported the fat boy, they are now pissed off and are doing what they should have done 24 years ago. Bravo!

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