Progress made in 'Winnie murder probe'

NPA says significant progress has been made in the 'Winnie Madikizela-Mandela murder probe'.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on the first day of the party's policy conference in Midrand on 26 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Wednesday its specialised team commissioned to help track the graves of two young men last seen at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home in 1987 has made significant progress.

It was suggested during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings the African National Congress (ANC) stalwart may have had a hand in Siboniso Tshabalala and Lolo Sono's deaths.

The NPA's Makhosini Nkosi remained tight-lipped about new evidence received regarding the missing men.

"I can't say that various sites have been identified as that would be part of the investigations which are still ongoing and have not yet reached a conclusive point."

He added the family members of the two deceased were advised to not divulge any details to the media as it may jeopardise the investigation.

It is understood the NPA will exhume the bodies of the suspected missing men to conduct DNA tests to establish their identities.

The process is only expected to continue next month.