Wives clash over ex-referee’s burial

2013-09-29 14:00

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Former PSL referee Herman “Chome” Nkuna’s wives have been at war about who had the right to bury him.

Nkuna, who died of prostate cancer last Sunday, was buried in Giyani, Limpopo, yesterday.

But the funeral was almost postponed after Nkuna’s first wife – known only as MamaSipho – tried to obtain a court order to prevent his other wife, Granny, from taking the body to Soweto for burial.

And it turned nasty when Granny lost her temper because most of the speakers on the funeral programme were from MamaSipho’s side of the family.

A source who was at the funeral said Granny insisted her relatives be included on the programme, and threatened to leave.

MamaSipho was supported by her in-laws, Nkuna’s family.

Family spokesperson, property tycoon Mike Nkuna, confirmed there was a feud about who should bury the late referee and where he should be interred.

“Yes, there were plans to take the matter to court as it was always Nkuna's wish when he left Jozi that he be buried in Limpopo.

“But we ended up not going to court because the family was able to resolve this matter,” he said. At the time of his death, Nkuna was living with Granny in Dobsonville (he moved to Joburg to pursue his refereeing career), while MamaSipho lived in Giyani.

But his Soweto marriage was faltering, a family friend told City Press, after Granny discovered he had sired a child with his mistress and bought her a house in Protea Glen

“Granny did not take kindly to Herman’s extramarital affair. She was so heartbroken by his infidelity especially because there is a love child,” said a family friend, who did not want to be named.

The friend said Nkuna died in a healthcare centre in Limpopo.

According to the friend, Granny and Nkuna’s mistress, who appear to have buried the hatchet, travelled to Limpopo to visit him on Sunday – but he died minutes before they arrived.

The friend, who was told about the visit by someone who was present in Limpopo, said Granny insisted that Nkuna’s body be ferried to Soweto.

“She threw tantrums there and said she was Nkuna’s wife and that she had the right to bury him wherever she wanted. His relatives and first wife objected to that and told her it was Herman’s wish to be buried with his ancestors in Limpopo. The relatives threatened to call the police and some even tried to obtain a court order to bar her from taking the body and Nkuna’s car,” said the friend.

But Nkuna’s second wife backed down after yesterday’s funeral, allegedly after one of his first wife’s relatives threatened to sell the car and the Dobsonville house she shared with the referee.

A second family friend said MamaSipho had the support of Nkuna’s family: “She was supported (in the spat) by his relatives, who hold her in high regard because she bore them a grandson.”

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