Khoisan couple’s remains to be reburied by June

2012-05-02 15:51

Two possible dates have been identified for the reburial of the Khoisan couple whose remains were repatriated from Austria.

The remains of Klaas Pienaar and his wife, Trooi, arrived in South Africa last month. This after their bodies were illegally exhumed from their graves in Danielskuil in the Northern Cape in 1909 and shipped to Austria.

According to the national department of sport, arts and culture their remains were used for racial research. They were first kept at the Academy of Science before they were moved to the Natural History Museum in Vienna.

Patrick Montwedi, spokesperson for the Northern Cape department of sport, arts and culture, said representatives of the national and provincial departments met with family members of Klaas and Trooi to set a date and place for reburial.

The meeting took place in Upington. Montwedi said the identified dates are May 27 and June 9.

“We are now waiting for the Presidency to see which date would be suitable for them to attend the reburial,” said Montwedi.

Klaas and Trooi will be reburied on the farm Pienaarsput near Kuruman in the Northern Cape.

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