Grave mistake as family buries stranger

2012-01-11 14:32

Hazyview - Members of an Mpumalanga tribal authority have urged residents to properly identify dead relatives before burying them.

This follows a dramatic incident in which a family was forced to exhume the body of a woman they mistakenly buried in Marite Village outside Hazyview.

“We strongly advise families to double-check the body of a deceased person before they leave the mortuary for burial. Mortuaries always give the family a chance to identify the body of their love ones,” said Shanke Mokoena, the chairperson of the Mathibela Tribal Authority near Hazyview.

Mokoena told African Eye News Service that the family of Caslinah Mokoena buried a stranger, believing she was their relative.

They had to exhume her on December 29 so they could bury the correct body the next day.

Mokoena, who is not related to the deceased, warned people to try their best to avoid incidents of this nature because exhuming a person was an insult to the ancestors.

“For us black people, exhuming the body of a dead person can provoke the ancestors,” said Mokoena.

The son of the deceased Abraham Mokoena said his family was still shocked following the mix-up.

“We are still saddened by the controversy that surrounded my mother's funeral. According to our family's tradition, only one person is allowed to see our member who has passed on. In this case we sent one of the senior family members to identify her and she confirmed that we collected the right body,” said Mokoena.

  • robert.koen - 2012-01-11 14:52

    " Mpumulanga..." Are you for real?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-11 18:20

      Best headline in a long time News24!

      Spyker - 2012-01-11 20:19

      G0D HELP US..! I am not sure what scares me more... ...more 'ancestor' sh1t, the blind auntie sent to identify the dead, or the brain-DEAD freak that wrote the leading article..?

      Kathleen - 2012-01-12 06:15

      Mpumulanga is pronounced Umpumulanga, so 'an' is correct.

      Colin - 2012-01-12 07:29

      There is nothing wrong with "an Mpumulanga". I shall be back I just want to go and fetch a apple.

  • bafana.skosana - 2012-01-11 14:54

    The problem is this "Family tradition", All people who attended a funeral should be given a chance to see the deceased for the last time, ukuhloboka in Ndebele tribe.

      Hendrick - 2012-01-11 15:01


      makatika - 2012-01-11 15:45

      All people or most relative?

  • Robsschele - 2012-01-11 15:04

    Now who is the deceased that needed to be buried. They talked about a Caslinah Makoena and a deceased Abraham Makoena. Everything is as confusing as the funeral.

      Pam - 2012-01-11 15:36

      Are u stupid?? deceased son = Abraham - dead person (his mother Caslinah GET IT Jeez

  • Rainbow - 2012-01-11 15:11

    exhuming a person was an insult to the ancestors............ exhuming the body of a dead person can provoke the ancestors,” said Mokoena.............. Mind Boggling!

  • Jimmy - 2012-01-11 16:53

    “For us black people, exhuming the body of a dead person can provoke the ancestors,” said Mokoena. he he only in SA

  • mashegog - 2012-01-11 17:09

    Its my grand-mother who had to be exhumed

      Marlene - 2012-01-11 17:42

      Wow, how traumatic! My condolences to u and your family.

      mashegog - 2012-01-12 09:10

      tanx Marlene I appreciate

  • piet.strydom - 2012-01-11 19:54

    This is REALLY not the kind of story to do a pun headline on!!!

  • Yar - 2012-01-11 20:44

    "For us black people, exhuming the body of a dead person can provoke the ancestors,” said Mokoena. This is nothing compared to how provoked a live person can be after being exhumed.

  • Kathleen - 2012-01-12 06:14

    @Pam - read it properly - the son of the deceased ... said. Mokoena is the tribal name. You are the stupid one, GET IT

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