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By unknown | Sep 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mariam Magwaza wept tears of relief when a body, believed to be that of her daughter, Nozipho Magwaza, who disappeared in 2004, was exhumed in July this year.

Now her relief has turned to more heartache. Magwaza is still waiting for the results of forensic tests to prove her maternity.

Police have told her they do not know when the results will be made available. The body of Nozipho was exhumed two months ago by police at Richards Bay Cemetery.

"Why is it taking so long? The suspense is killing me. I cannot bear the pain anymore," she said.

Nozipho, who was 25 years old when she went missing, was allegedly killed by her boyfriend for ending their relationship.

Her body was never found and her family had given up hope of ever finding her alive.

In June this year police revealed new evidence that suggested that there was an unidentified body that police discovered floating in a river not far from Nozipho's home.

The police had initially buried the body without checking with the Magwaza family if it was that of their daughter.

After police took the pictures of the unidentified body to Magwaza, she identified it as that of her missing daughter. The family still awaits forensic tests to confirm this. - Sne Masuku


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