Palesa Madiba's remains identified after discovery of skeleton in Soweto

Parks Tau has visited the family in Diepkloof to offer his condolences ahead of the funeral service.

Police are now working with the family to release Palesa Madiba's remains ahead of the funeral. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau has confirmed that Palesa Madiba's remains have been identified following the discovery of her skeleton in Phiri last year and she will be laid to rest in a funeral service on Saturday.

Tau visited Madiba's family in Diepkloof today offering his words of support and commitment to finding closure for the family.

Madiba went missing in August 2013 after she went to visit a friend.

An anonymous tip off led Moroka police to a friend's house in Phiri where they found the bones in a shallow grave.

Tau says preliminary reports show that the bones found in Phiri last year are definitely those of Madiba.

He says the police are now working with the family to release her remains ahead of the funeral on Saturday.

Family spokesperson Thabiso Tsoledi says the law must take its course for them to have closure, but they are happy they can finally lay her to rest.

A funeral service will be held for her this Saturday at the University Johannesburg Soweto campus before the family has a private burial service.

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