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Nokuthula Simelane's sister speaks out

The NPA announced it will prosecute 4 apartheid cops for Simelane's disappearance.

Thembi Nkandimeng briefing the media about her sister Nokuthula Simelane who has been missing for past 32 years. Picture Kgothatso Mogale/EWN
NPA,Nokuthula Simelane,Thembi Nkadimeng
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JOHANNESBURG - The sister of Umkhonto we Sizwe operative Nokuthula Simelane says the four former apartheid officers who will be prosecuted for her, are reaping the results of their selfishness.

On Monday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced that it will prosecute four members of the Soweto special branch of the apartheid police service for Simelane’s disappearance in 1983.

Her sister Thembi Nkadimeng, says the officers were ungrateful during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s hearings when they had the opportunity to tell the truth and earn amnesty.

Nkadimeng says the four officers charged for her sister’s disappearance chose to put the Simelane’s family through years of trauma instead of telling the truth at the TRC.

She says their prosecution is a result of the selfish decisions they made two decades ago and adds her family isn’t expecting any compensation for her sister’s disappearance.

All they want is to have her remains for closure.

“We believe in closure and closure is accompanied by rituals, which we undertake and perform when we lose a beloved and that is what we want to do.”

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Nkadimeng, who is the mayor of Polokwane, says despite decades of pushing for her sisters abductors to be prosecuted, she welcomes the NPA’s decision to finally take action against the former apartheid officers.

Nkadimeng says the journey to having her sisters abductors prosecuted has taught her not to trust anyone.

“I’ve cried, I have laughed and I have done everything in time to resolve this matter. In a sense I am saying to you that I trust no one.”

Meanwhile, archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu has questioned why it took government so long to prosecute apartheid offenders and says there is still unfinished business from the TRC.

The four perpetrators are expected in court in two weeks.

The group confessed before the TRC to Simelane’s abduction but didn’t apply for amnesty for her murder or reveal where her remains are.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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