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"I buried the wrong body" - Eastern Cape woman shares her pain

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A heartbroken Eastern Cape woman shares heranger and sadness at finding out a hospital mix-up had robbed her husband of a proper funeral.
A heartbroken Eastern Cape woman shares heranger and sadness at finding out a hospital mix-up had robbed her husband of a proper funeral.
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When her pastor  and the undertaker  who had  overseen her late  husband’s funeral  arrived at her doorstep, Nomsa  Noda simply thought they were  coming to check up on her.  Nomsa (67), a retired nurse, had  lost her husband, Michael Vukile  Noda (70) on 22 June and buried  him a few days later.  Relatives, including their daughter  Zuziwe Noda – a teacher in Rustenburg  – travelled from across the  country to attend the funeral in  Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, and  the service was streamed to mourners  who couldn’t attend the  funeral.

But the grieving widow was stunned  when she heard what Pastor  Siphiwe Mangena and undertaker Zwayi Nyiki had to say – the person  she had buried wasn’t her beloved  husband. “They refused to allow me to view my husband’s body at the hospital  mortuary due to Covid-19 regulations.  Now I buried the wrong person,”  Nomsa tells DRUM. 

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