Grave mistake as family buries stranger

2012-01-11 14:32
Hazyview - Members of an Mpumalanga tribal authority have urged residents to properly identify dead relatives before burying them.

This follows a dramatic incident in which a family was forced to exhume the body of a woman they mistakenly buried in Marite Village outside Hazyview.

“We strongly advise families to double-check the body of a deceased person before they leave the mortuary for burial. Mortuaries always give the family a chance to identify the body of their love ones,” said Shanke Mokoena, the chairperson of the Mathibela Tribal Authority near Hazyview.

Mokoena told African Eye News Service that the family of Caslinah Mokoena buried a stranger, believing she was their relative.

They had to exhume her on December 29 so they could bury the correct body the next day.

Mokoena, who is not related to the deceased, warned people to try their best to avoid incidents of this nature because exhuming a person was an insult to the ancestors.

“For us black people, exhuming the body of a dead person can provoke the ancestors,” said Mokoena.

The son of the deceased Abraham Mokoena said his family was still shocked following the mix-up.

“We are still saddened by the controversy that surrounded my mother's funeral. According to our family's tradition, only one person is allowed to see our member who has passed on. In this case we sent one of the senior family members to identify her and she confirmed that we collected the right body,” said Mokoena.
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