‘Swopped’ corpse delays funeral

2018-01-19 06:00

THE Ndzimande family from Clydesdale is to re-bury their loved one after the wrong body was buried on Saturday.

The body was kept in a private mortuary at the Ubuntu Funeral Parlour in Umzimkhulu and it is suspected it was accidentally swopped with another body in the mortuary, that belonged to a family from Meyi village.

Both bodies were registered with different funeral parlours - Ubuntu Funerals and Giwu’s Funerals in Umzimkhulu.

On Saturday afternoon the Ndzimande family were shocked at the funeral service when they were told by the funeral parlour bosses they had received the wrong body, but it was too late to stop the funeral because the body had already been buried.

The heads of the parlours took the family elders to identify the body that was in the mortuary, where they confirmed the body was theirs.

Khaya Stofile of Ubuntu Funerals told Fever the body of the Ndzimande family was at the funeral parlour and an accidental mistake had happened. He said internal investigations are under way.

The Ndzimande family was shown their body by mortuary employees who confirmed it as theirs last Thursday.

“On Friday, four family members confirmed the body for the second time and the body was taken by Ubuntu Funerals hearse to Clydesdale for a funeral service and the coffin was opened for the family to view the body,” said Stofile.

On Saturday, people from Meyi village went to Giwu’s Funerals to fetch their relative’s body only find it was the wrong body.

The family refused to speak to Fever about the matter, but said they would comment next week. Stofile said it is the first time something like this has happened since the parlour’s opening 20 years ago.

Giwu’s Funeral Parlour manager, Vangiwe Giwu apologised to both families and said an application was made to Umzimkhulu Magistrate’s Court to exhume the Ndzimande body this week and give it to the correct family.

At a time of going to press the body was still buried

Both funeral parlours promised to help the families with groceries and other items to re-bury their bodies.

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