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Betty Ketani's family hopes to help her spirit find rest

Ketani’s family will perform a traditional ceremony to guide her spirit back to the Eastern Cape.

Betty Ketani’s daughter, Bulelwa, Betty’s brother Mankinki, Captain Gerhard Van Wyk, Prosecutor Herman Broodryk and Prosecutor Namika Kowlas at the Palm Ridge Magistrate Court Betty. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Betty Ketani's family say a decision has been taken to travel to Johannesburg, in a bid to return her spirit to the Eastern Cape.

Three men were last month convicted of kidnapping and murdering Ketani 17-years-ago, following a trial that centred around a hidden confession found under a carpet.

Given the outcome of the trial, the State is now expected to begin a process to extradite at least two further suspects from Australia.

Ketani's parents didn't live to see her killer's convicted, but her three children are now waiting for sentencing.

Ketani's brother, Mankinki, says it's a great deal to the family to see her spirit come home.

"When you don't go there and fetch the spirit, then that spirit is just around in that place where she was killed. But when we go there and take it home, then we will know that her spirit is resting in peace."

Ketani's body was never found, but her family hopes to perform a traditional ceremony at the site where is lay buried for around five years.

Mankinki adds, "When I have lots of problems, my mother's grave is there in Queenstown and I go home and I go early in the morning to talk to her [at her grave]. That is our culture."

The family say they hope to see further suspects being extradited from Australia, and put on trial for her kidnapping and murder.

The family say extraditing further suspects will be a lengthy and complex process but Ketani's brother says it is important.

"We want to see that lady in court and must answer some questions."

Carrington Laughton and two policemen brothers, Carel and David Ranger, are likely to be sentenced in May.

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