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A family from Efolweni, south of Durban, have come forward to claim two of the four remaining bodies of the KwaZulu-Natal women who are believed to be victims of an alleged serial killer.
Their bodies were found dumped separately in a sugarcane field in Umzinto on the South Coast.
The family claims the two bodies are those of their missing relatives, sisters Nonjabulo, 21. and Philisiwe, 27, Mpanza.
But police say they cannot say with certainty that the bodies are those of the missing sisters.
The family is busy making funeral plans to bury them tomorrow, but the police say they cannot release the bodies until forensic results are known.
Sowetan spoke to the distraught family yesterday and they confirmed that the funeral was definitely going to be held tomorrow.
A family member said: "We identified the bodies by their clothes, and the identity document of one of the deceased was found at the scene. All arrangements have been concluded. We identified the bodies on Wednesday and were not told of any problems in getting the bodies."
Nonjabulo and Philisiwe left home on their way to Isipingo on June 17 this year to meet a man who had offered them jobs apparently with a salary of R4000 a month in Mzinto.
The sisters were never seen alive again.
Police spokesman Zandra Hechter said they could not confirm that the bodies identified by the Mpanza family were really those of their missing daughters.
She said that since the bodies were found in a badly decomposed state, the Mpanza family were only able to identify the deceased by the clothes they were wearing on the day they disappeared.
"We will have to wait for the results of the forensic tests before we can say with certainty that the bodies are those of the missing Mpanza sisters," said Hechter.
Hechter said as far as the police are concerned, only one out of the five bodies that were found in the sugarcane field in Umzinto, has been positively identified as that of Nombali Ngcobo of Inanda.