Makhura vows to bring Palesa Madiba’s killers to book

The Gauteng premier says criminals took away the life of a student who had great potential.

FILE: Palesa Madiba went missing on 12 August 2013 while on her way to the University of Johannesburg's Soweto Campus. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says police are determined to bring an end to crime in the province, which is robbing the country of young people with a bring future.

Makhura officially handed over Palesa Madiba's remains to her family at the weekend, giving his commitment to bring her killers to book.

Madiba went missing in 2013 after visiting a friend; her skeleton was found in a shallow grave at a house in Phiri last year.

Makhura says criminals took away the life of a university student who had great potential to make a difference in society.

"Palesa lived a life full of promise, a young person who as studying to improve her own life to develop herself, also to come back home [to you] mama. You have always been looking back for the day that she will start working."

WATCH: Palesa Madiba's remains handed over to her family

Makhura says they cannot reveal any information about the cause of her death as investigators track down those responsible.

A family spokesperson says they are nearing the end of a painful journey but they want justice to end their suffering.

Makhura sent a strong message to Madiba's killers saying, "You have nowhere to hide."

He says he is sorry to have to hand over the remains of a girl who had a bright future after two and a half years of a painful search for answers by the Madiba family.

"You had always hoped that when she was not there that maybe she will one day arrive at home."

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says investigators are "very close" to arresting Madiba's killers, saying there's more than one suspect involved.

Nkosi-Malobane says they will make an arrest soon and proceed to trial.

"Very soon we will definitely arrest those people and they won't just be arrested, we'll make sure they go through trial, so that the truth can actually be revealed."