End at last? Rasuge family awaits results of tests on remains
THE unearthing of a skeleton, which might be that of Constable Francis Rasuge who disappeared eight years ago, has opened old wounds for her family.
Rasuge's disappearance and the sentencing of her boyfriend, William Nkuna, to life imprisonment for her murder - despite her body never being found - dominated headlines at the time.
This week, construction workers and police found the skeleton at a home in Temba, north of Pretoria, where Nkuna used to live.
Her anxious family now has to wait for the results of forensic tests on the remains to find out if the mystery of what happened to her body has finally been solved.
Rasuge's brother, Edward, said they were disturbed when they learnt of the discovery of the skeleton.
Edward said the family was still battling to come to terms with the ordeal.
"How can you accept your sister is dead when you have never buried her?" he asked.
Francis's mother, Caroline Rasuge, said they would wait for the forensic test results before "saying anything" and then proceeded to criticise police investigations.
"How did they miss this when they searched the yard before? From the beginning they received leads that suggested Francis was buried in the garden."