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Nokuthula Simelane's sister disappointed by lack of confession

Thandi Nkadimeng says her family hoped the accused would reveal how & where her sister was murdered.

A judge's gavel. Picture: RSC Inc.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC,Nokuthula Simelane
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PRETORIA – The sister of Umkhonto we Sizwe courier Nokuthula Simelane, whose been missing since 1983, says she’s disappointed the four men accused of her murder have not confessed to the crime. 

The Pretoria Regional Court today granted Willem Coetzee, Anton Pretorius, Frederick Mong and Msebenzi Radebe bail of R5,000 each.

Simelane was abducted and tortured 33 years ago and her body has never been found. 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission granted three of the accused amnesty for her kidnapping after they claimed Simelane was released from custody alive. 

Thandi Nkadimeng says her family was hoping that the accused would reveal how and where her sister was murdered but she was left disappointed. 

“We are hopeful that there is a likelihood that this will bring us closer to the answers that we’ve always been looking for.”

While the accused don’t deny kidnapping Simelane, they deny murdering her, a scenario Nkadimeng says is highly improbable. 

“It’s beyond probability that they would kidnap a woman for over six weeks under detention and torture and she came out well and alive and could have been able to cross the border herself.”

The case returns to court next month. 

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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