Another family devastated after burying the body of a stranger

Another family devastated after burying the body of a stranger

- Yet another family has been left reeling after burying the wrong body

- The Lusikisiki residents are fuming after a mix-up at the funeral parlour

- The family was only informed after the burial that the mistake had been made

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A Lusikisiki family is shattered after burying the wrong body amid the Covid-19 pandemic.


Yet another family has been left devastated after burying the wrong body. Image: Papi Morake/Gallo Images
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The family says that the funeral parlour only informed them that the mix-up had taken place after the burial.

Family spokesperson Manono Sombile says that they are, understandably, devastated by the incident.

Sombile says that the family were surprised to get a call just after 16:00 when the received the call from the parlour advising that they had indeed not buried their sister but a stranger.

The parlour advised that they want to exhume the body but that there is a further process.

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The SABC reports that Sombile has called for the family to head to court in a bid to get justice:

"They need to go to court and get the authorization so we feel that the parlour has taken us for granted, the service of our sister was not given the dignity it deserves and we are disappointed, we are angry and we are furious about this."

The Department of Health recently released a statement noting that the majority of new Covid-19 related deaths had been recorded in the Eastern Cape province.

This ordeal is just one of many as funeral parlours struggle to cope with the sudden spike in demand for burials.

Earlier, reported confusion reigns in South Africa as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to take its toll both on the government and citizens alike.

IOL reports that two families from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces have buried the wrong person.

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Due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, families were prohibited from viewing the bodies as is normally the case.

The discovery was only made after one family reportedly insisted on viewing the body of their loved one.

The Chronicle reports that a Zimbabwean family was faced with a similar situation when their family member died in South Africa.

The body was eventually repatriated, a complicated business due to the lockdown, only for the family to discover the wrong person had been sent.

With funerals traditionally an extravagant send-off for a family member incurring numerous costs, the thought of accidentally burying the wrong person is a nightmare no one should have to endure.

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