Family members act like vultures

2017-07-12 06:00

Death be not proud, but business is booming!

I would like to say bravo to those family members who refuse to allow greedy relatives to use their death for their own selfish reasons.

Ao kante go senyegile kae, botho jwa rona bo ile kae ma-Aforika, batho ba rona ba mmala wa sebilo.

We can blame the funeral undertakers as we please for being honest about scouting for corpses (which is our family members), without even doing introspection as to how we would wait like vultures for our own to die in order to rush to collect documentation and claim the insurance.

I have learned that nowadays the undertakers escort ambulance to homes when called for an emergency.

Paramedics and hospital staff have also come under scrutiny, since with perfect timing, the undertakers would coincidently show up immediately after a person dies.

Kare ba-lesika ga ba tlhole ba itshwenya ka go oka ba losika. Sa bone ke go letela tatodi o be o ba bona ba tla ba taboga go kopa dipampiri.

Ba bangwe go dirwa dikgatiso mo dikhutlwaneng go rekisanelwa koo. Ke bua selo se ke se itseng, bolala le bokotlase jaaka marago a emere.

Now you even find unknown people and outsiders asking for documentation to claim insurance money.

Matlhabisa ditlhong!

And once they get access to the claimed money, you will never see them again, or they only contribute less than 5%.

Well, they have been the ones paying, so it is their money. I am just wondering whether there is a binding law that can stop this madness.

Family members, mostly young people, would let their parents and elderly suffer without even taking time to look after them, only to show up after the tragic announcement, to ask for documentation to claim.

I remember having this discussion with one elderly woman, who was buried over the weekend (may her soul rest in peace), about availing her particulars to her nieces for insurance purposes.

She told me straight out that she would never do that due to the fact that no one cared about her while she was still alive.

She did not have any children and thus told me about her belief of enjoying all her pension money, including from the sale of her four-roomed house that she was still staying in.

Amazingly this old lady would rather join the queue of elderly people who walk in a line to beg from Indian shops on Friday mornings instead of asking her family for food.

According to her, she did not care how she would be buried, as that did not strip any sense of pride from her, but rather from her family who will be left behind to bury her.

I hear she did not even have insurance to cover her funeral costs.

She would say: “Ba tsamaya ka dikoloi, ba dula ma matlong a mabaibai, ba tsena dikereke l ego ja dosondag kos, mara ga gona ope yo ot leng a ye go tlhola gore ake sime kgotsa ke jele. Sa bone ke go tlhola ba nkgakaletse gore ke ba neye pase (ID document) gore ba nkwadise gore ba hume ha ke sule. Pase yaka ga e ye gopem bat la bona ba tswa jang ha ke swa gore ba dira jang, nna nkabo ke ithobaletse.”

But I still applaud her, because that conversation and what I have been observing gave me some sort of insight as to how you can fail to show love and affection to your elderly while still alive and expect to “enjoy” the benefits of her death.

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