Mutilators strike again

2008-07-13 00:00

ANOTHER Pietermaritzburg family was horrified to discover at the weekend that the body of their loved one had been mutilated after death.

This brings to four the number of mutilated bodies that were stored at a mortuary whose employees were arrested last week.

The funeral of Busisiwe Octavia Khuzwayo (44) was delayed for hours on Saturday after the family discovered that her lower lip had been sliced off.

“We were preparing to wipe the body before the funeral when we saw that her lip had been cut out. It was the most painful thing to see,” said Khuzwayo’s husband, Sipho Zondi. Police were called in to investigate.

Zondi’s sister, Sibongile Zondi, said she called the mortuary where the body was kept. Khuzwayo died of natural causes last Monday and her body was taken to Ndlelanhle Funeral Services.

Three similar cases were reported early last week at Ndlelanhle.

“When I called the owner of Ndlelanhle Funeral Services, Ntokozo Shange, he accused my family of having mutilated my sister-in law,” she said.

Shange confirmed that he was informed of the incident, but distanced his business from the matter.

“My employees did not touch that body because another service was renting my place for storage. The Zondi family together with people from the other service arrived on Friday and washed the body before they took it. If there were any missing body parts they would have reported to me because I was there.”

Zondi confirmed that a separate funeral service administered the burial, and said the family were already suspicious on Friday.

“On Friday one of the family members asked the undertakers about the blood she saw on the lower lip and his reply was that Khuzwayo had been poisoned.”

However, Zondi said Khuzwayo died of natural causes.

The name of the undertaker who gave the response is known to The Witness. He is one of the two men employed at Ndlelanhle who were arrested last week and then released due to lack of evidence.

Shange previously reported the case of missing body parts at his mortuary to the police.

He told The Witness that the incidents are affecting his business, and said he will stop keeping bodies for other services.

“Every funeral service should keep its own bodies so that they can do what they like with their clients’ bodies.”

SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that a lower lip was missing from Khuzwayo’s body, and that police are investigating.

sandilez@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.