We want him exhumed

2018-10-24 06:01
Platfontein family wants the body buried here to be exhumed.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Platfontein family wants the body buried here to be exhumed.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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All the Platfontein family wanted was to bury their loved one in dignity, not to be imposed a completely different person to bury.

Instead of getting his light skinned, tall and slender son to bury on Tuesday(16/10) morning, the bereaved father Moesongo Jengo got the shock of his lifetime after he forced to see his son’s body.

Instead of being met by the face upon opening the coffin they were met by the feet, which drove them towards personally opening the coffin inside the church to see who they were burying exactly.

“It is evident that a complete stranger was thrown in that coffin that was sealed from us seeing who it was,” he said.

“We were met by a short old man, bulging stomach, with a cleanly shaven head who seemed to have suffered some kind of torture.

“The deceased had a bended arm and ears with what looked like a gunshot on his forehead and some burn marks.”

The deceased Jengo Jengo’s(32) body was discovered near the veld a few metres from his home on Sunday(30/09) by a passer-by.

According to the family, the father, who was not there to identify the body on the scene, said he was refused the right to identify the body the following day.

An officer on the scene gave them a piece of paper with his contact details and a case number, which is in the possession of Northern Cape Express.

He said he was told by police that the body was decomposed.

The family sent the body back on the burial day but the same body was sent to them.

“We accompanied Keipoletse to Kimberley with the intention to fetch our body and dress him up with the new nice clothes.

“But upon arrival there I was made to sign forms. I only realise now that I was in fact tricked into admitting that I have identified the body positively and an affidavit,” accused the father.”

Keipoletse funerals will not take the blame on the matter and say the body has been at the state mortuary all along due to its condition of being partly decomposed.

They say the body was only brought to them on the morning before the funeral to seal for health reasons and proceed with the burial.

They say it is normal for the body to turn different at some stage.

The Northern Cape police spokesperson Lt Col Dimakatso Mooi sings a completely different tune that they carry no knowledge of a body being discovered in Platfontein as no inquest docket was opened.

Northern Cape Department of Health refutes allegations that Forensic Pathology Officers (FPOs) collected a corpse without the knowledge of South African Police Services (SAPS) as per procedure.

“All protocols were followed accordingly by FPOs as they always do when dealing with such cases regarding Platfontein incident. The scope of work for Forensic Services is only on unnatural deaths for the purposes of an enquiry or an inquest. All bodies presented at forensic mortuaries are handed over by SAPS, accompanied by relevant documentation,” elaborated department spokesperson Lulu Mxekezo.

She says post-mortem was conducted on 01 October and the outcome was natural causes.

“The body was identified on the 8th October 2018 by the relative of the deceased with relevant documentation according to such processes.”

“The competency of the Department of Health is medical investigation (autopsy) and safekeeping of bodies in case of a fatality and SAPS deals with inquest and docket management in cases of unnatural causes.”

The family wants those who trampled on their human rights to account and the opportunity to point out the officers who dealt with the matter.

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