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Mother's pain not over yet

By unknown | Apr 08, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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A Kwazulu-Natal mother's anguish at having to bury her daughter a year after her body was recovered is far from over.

She still won't be able to give her child a decent burial until the court case against the man who has been arrested for her murder is over.

The delay has also been made worse by a delay in the return of forensic tests to confirm that the remains found by police were in fact that of the daughter Nozipho Magwaza.

Miriam Magwaza of the Mkhango Reserve in Richard's Bay says she cried tears of joy when she learnt from the police last year that the body buried in 2004 by the state was that of her daughter.

Last year police showed Magwaza a photo of a woman's body that they had found floating in the Nsizi River at about the time her daughter went missing.

Several parts of the body, including private parts, thighs, breasts, and arms, were missing. But Magwaza, 57, positively identified the body as that of her missing daughter.

She said her daughter was 25 years old when she left home with her "abusive" boyfriend, with whom she had three children. It is believed that Nozipho's boyfriend, Siyabonga Meyiwa, who is on trial for her muder, was angry because she wanted to end their relationship.

Meyiwa, 34, allegedly kept Nozipho locked up at his home and assaulted her for several days before killing her. He allegedly cut off body parts and sold them to a traditional healer.

It is believed that he buried her in his backyard but exhumed the body a few days later and dumped it in the river. Police, convinced that the body was that of Magwaza's daughter, sent it for forensic tests.

"It's been a year now and I have not yet been told the results of the tests, Magwaza says. "I am also told that I will have to wait until the end of the trial before I can bury her."

Police spokesman Inspector Thokozani Ngema says the forensic results have not come back from the lab in Pretoria.

The trial will start at the Mthunzini high court on June 17.

"Though the mother is convinced that it is her daughter, this will have to be confirmed by the tests." Ngema says. "The burial can only take place after the trial."


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