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By Alfred Moselakgomo alfredm@sowetan.co.za | Jan 05, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE family of a 29-year-old woman, killed in 2003, is devastated after a mortuary admitted it did not have any record of where it had buried her.

Valley Fridah Mawela of Stinkwater, near Hammanskraal in Gauteng, was last seen by her family in June 2003 when she went to collect her identity document from her boyfriend, William Dremus.

"That was the last time we saw Valley," her father Martin Mawela said yesterday.

"When she did not come home that night, I went to look for her at her boyfriend's house and he insisted he had not seen her on that day."

Mawela said his family then reported her disappearance to the police.

"But we breathed a sigh of relief last week when the police came to my house, saying they had made a breakthrough regarding my daughter's disappearance.

"They told me that they had arrested my daughter's alleged murderer. But when I arrived at the police station I got the shock of my life to learn that it was her boyfriend," he said.

Mawela said Dremus' arrest had "somehow relieved our family" because they now knew what had happened to their daughter.

Dremus, who faces a murder charge, was not asked to plead when he appeared in the Temba regional court last week and his case was postponed to January 22 for further investigation.

According to police spokesperson Sergeant Hastings Chaane, Mawela's body was buried as a pauper by Pull Together funeral undertakers on the instruction of the state because her family could not be traced.

"But Pull Together says it does not remember where it buried her because it happened a long time ago."

The police and Mawela's family remain hopeful that her grave will be found before the court case against her boyfriend proceeds.


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