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South Africa Probes Fate of Apartheid Victims


South Africa is to begin opening dozens of unmarked graves in a search of clues in the deaths of anti-apartheid activists more than a decade ago.

A spokesman for the prosecutor's office, Makhosini Nkosi, says officials will exhume two bodies buried in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

Officials suspect the bodies are those of two operatives of the military wing of the African National Congress.

South African prosecutors say they still don't know the fate of 477 people who disappeared during the struggle to end the racist government.

Officials say the latest investigations may lead to new criminal charges or provide fresh information for victims' families.

Thousands of people opposed to the former racist regime were killed and tortured by Security agents, and any simply disappeared.

Apartheid officially ended in 1994, with the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa's president.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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