Widow keeps man on ice

2009-10-03 00:00

PRETORIA — The embalmed body of a doctor from Centurion has been lying in a mortuary in Johannesburg for more than 45 days while his wife is apparently waiting for him to rise from death.

Dr Seelan Chetty’s wife, Nadia, refuses to bury her husband and has forbidden his family from making any funeral arrangements.

She is believed to belong to a cult church group known only as Lagos.

Chetty died of a heart attack on August 10 in Pretoria. His body was taken to Kerrs Funeral Parlour in Johannesburg, where it remains to this day.

Chadwin Hendriks, owner of the funeral parlour, said on Thursday that he has not received any instructions to make funeral arrangements.

“The body is embalmed and has now been with us for more than 45 days. However, it’s up to the wife when she wants to bury her husband,” said Hendriks.

He denied reports published in a local community newspaper that Nadia and church members “visit the mortuary every night and pray and scream over the body”.

“Mrs Chetty has only been at the funeral parlour twice. The first time was when the body arrived … What they did when they were with the body, I wouldn’t know, since I gave them their privacy,” he said.

He said that Nadia has so far refused to discuss funeral arrangements. “Not all people grieve in the same way. If this is her way of grieving, we have to respect that.

The doctor’s father didn’t want to say anything about the matter. “At the end of the day my daughter-in-law will have to answer for what she’s doing.”

Nadia could not be reached on her cellphone for comment.

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