Soweto remains to undergo forensic testing

The remains which were dug up in Soweto will undergo forensic testing including DNA matching.

The remains which were dug up in Soweto will undergo forensic testing including DNA matching.

JOHANNESBURG - The mother of Lolo Sono said today the murder investigation into her son's death should begin with the testimony given at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Sono's remains are thought to be one of those exhumed on Tuesday by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Soweto on Tuesday.

Sono and his friend Siboniso Shabalala went missing over 24 years ago, but the NPA's Missing Persons Unit is confident it had managed to locate their remains after photographs of the bodies were previously positively identified by the families.

Sono and Shabalala were last seen at the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and they appeared to have been severely beaten.

Police told Eyewitness News they planned to open a murder investigation now that the bodies of the two appear to have been found.

Sono's mother, Dorothy, peaked anxiously into the neatly dug up grave, watching as human bones were brought back up above ground.

She said the investigators have an obvious place to begin.

"They just have to go to the TRC for answers."

Several individuals testified at the TRC, naming Madikizela-Mandela as having given the order to kill Sono.

The remains will undergo forensic testing including DNA matching and trauma profiling to confirm their identity and begin to piece together what happened in November 1988.

EWN apologises for any confusion caused by the incorrect naming of Lolo Sono's mother in an earlier version of this story. EWN interviewed Sono's biological mother Dorothy, rather than his stepmother Caroline.