A man suspected of killing Palesa Madiba six years ago has been arrested by the police.
The University of Johannesburg student made headlines across the country in 2015 after her body was found buried in her friend’s backyard in Phiri, Soweto, almost three years after she disappeared.
“We are happy but the important thing is that we need to know the truth about what happened to Palesa,” said her uncle Morena Madiba.
Madiba said the police breakthrough may lead to justice that the family has been desperate to see for six years. He said although his family has forgiven the perpetrator, they need to know the circumstances surrounding her death in order to move on.
“We have forgiven but we still need to know to find peace,” he said.
Madiba said that there has been no communication with the family of Tshidi Mkhwanazi, the friend of Palesa’s where she had been staying and where her body was discovered. At the time of Palesa’s disappearance in 2013, Mkhwanazi said she left her friend sleeping while she went to work.
“We have not received any support from that family, and we have even been banned from going to their house,” he said.