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Palesa Madiba's remains finally handed over to her family

She went missing in 2013 before her skeleton was found in a shallow grave at a house in Phiri in December.

Palesa Madibas family and friends, who have gathered at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus for her funeral service on 9 January 2016. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.
Palesa Madiba
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JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng provincial government has officially handed over the remains of Palesa Madiba to her family, confirming that pathologists have completed investigations on her body.  

Madiba went missing in 2013 before her skeleton was found in a shallow grave at a house in Phiri in December.  

After more than two years of searching for Madiba, her family received her remains at the Diepkloof Mortuary.

WATCH: Woman's body found in Soweto backyard: Is it Palesa Madiba?

A memorial service was held for Madiba earlier this month.  

Gauteng premier David Makhura and community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane have shared their condolences and say they are committed to tracking down her killers.  

Makhura says Madiba had promise, and the country was robbed of a young girl with a bright future.

"This is very, very painful. I want to assure the family and the people of our province that the police are doing everything in their power to find the perpetrators of this heinous crime."

He also says there is nowhere for Madiba's killers to hide and police are determined to end her family's suffering.

Makhura says they cannot reveal any information about the cause of her death as investigators track down those responsible.

A family spokesperson says they are nearing the end of a painful journey but they want justice to end their suffering.

The family has thanked the public for their help but has called for privacy as they lay Madiba to rest in a private burial service this week.

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