Cops dig for more graves at Eastern Cape church

South African Press Association, June 27, 2003

Eastern Cape police returned to a church compound at the Mandela Park informal settlement in Umtata, where eight bodies were exhumed from shallow graves earlier in the week.

It was reported that the perimeter of the compound was excavated while police searched for more bodies that could still be buried.

However, nothing was found.

The remains of the eight bodies, which were exhumed earlier this week, have been handed to their next of kin after state pathologist Dr Tshezi Mafanya concluded examinations.

Three church elders are to appear in the Umtata District Court today to apply for bail.

Twelve other men belonging to the same church were released on bail of R300 each early this week and would join their leaders today.

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