Pretoria - The family of former uMkhonto we Sizwe operative, Nokuthula Simelane, has won its first bid for her to be declared presumed dead following her disappearance 36-years ago while captured by the apartheid police.
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday agreed with the Simelane family application that they have provided the court with enough evidence showing that Nokuthula was no longer alive since being captured by the apartheid police outside the Carlton Centre in Joburg in 1993.
In her preliminary order, Judge Elizabeth Mamoloko Kubushi ordered that the application for the presumption of death gazetted in the government gazette and various newspapers in the country for a period of 15-days.
Judge Kubushi said this would enable those who are opposed to the application to come forward and submit new evidence in court but she was adamant that the evidence placed before her, has shown that Simelane was no longer alive.
The order stated if there is no opposition to the application within the prescribed 15 days, a final order of presumption of death will be made on August 8, 2019.