Wives fight over husband's body

2012-09-21 08:22

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Pretoria - Three traditional wives have taken their fight over their husband’s dead body to the high court.

The three customary wives are involved in a dispute over the burial of their husband, the North Gauteng High Court has heard, reported the Pretoria News.

Njokweni Norman Hlatshwayo died on 5 September in a Benoni hospital.

The main applicant in the case is Ouma Molepo, who states that a funeral parlour said the body was in the care and control of Nobom Hlatshwayo, one of the other wives.

Molepo and another wife want Hlatshwayo to be legally stopped from removing the body from the funeral parlour and going ahead with her own burial plans.

Molepo said she only wanted to do what her deceased husband had wished for his burial.

A fourth wife apparently did not want to side with either of the wives.  

All of the marriages were customary and had not been registered.

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