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Eastern Cape family buries stranger after yet another body mix-up

Another Eastern Cape family has buried a stranger following a mix-up.



  • The Eastern Cape Department of Health has stated it
    is to not blame for a body mix-up on the SS Gida Provincial Hospital in
    Keiskammahoek.
  • It resulted in a family burying a stranger – the
    family of Ntshoko Stishi, 98, ended up burying Mdyongolo Sonjica, additionally 98.
  • The well being division stated it had exhumed the body
    and handed it over to the appropriate family.

The Eastern Cape well being division stated it was not
responsible for a body mix-up on the SS Gida Provincial Hospital in Keiskammahoek,
which resulted in a family burying a stranger.

The bungle occurred when one body was moved without a proper
verification and family identification process
, DispatchLIVE
reported.

This meant the family of Ntshoko Stishi, 98, ended
up burying Mdyongolo Sonjica, additionally 98.

Both died on the hospital on 15 December, the
newspaper reported.

Workers on the hospital informed DispatchLIVE a bungle at the hospital’s funeral
parlour
, the place two state mortuary attendants are on depart, led to
the mix-up. The sources reportedly stated this brought on a scenario the place any
mortuary employee might launch our bodies.

Health division spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo informed
News24 the body mix-up can’t be blamed on the division, however on one of many
family members.

“We are saying this on the idea that the
first funeral parlour that went to gather the body was accompanied by a family
member who was alleged to have recognized their cherished one. That is the place the
downside occurred.

“But upon realising that another family had
been given a fallacious body, the hospital instantly contacted the funeral parlour
in query. However, they’d already buried the body.

“We then facilitated the exhumation of the
body; happily, the body was nonetheless in a very good situation and was subsequently
handed over to [the family]. We don’t take accountability. We have prolonged
our apology to the family that has been affected by the mix-up,” Kupelo
stated.

Families burying strangers

News24 beforehand reported {that a} Uitenhage family
buried a stranger on 28 June, after the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital launched
the fallacious body.

The bungle occurred after retired nurse Nomsa Noda,
67, who labored on the similar hospital the place her husband Vukile, 79, died, was
prevented from viewing his body on account of Covid-19 laws.

On 13 July, an East London family buried a complete
stranger, considering it was their cherished one Nomawethu Mbishi, 56.

This occurred after Frere Hospital launched the
fallacious body to her nephew, Mcebisi Dyonase.

On 22 July, main funeral parlour Avbob
apologised after releasing the fallacious body to a Port Elizabeth family.

Due to the bungle, Lulamile Ngqezana’s family was
compelled to redo the funeral.

News24 additionally reported {that a} family from Mdantsane
exterior East London was left shocked after they have been informed three hours earlier than
the funeral service that their cherished one, Lindiwe Landu, was by chance
buried elsewhere the day earlier than.

Nomtshongwana Funeral Directors confirmed that they
had obtained an exhumation order to exhume Landu’s body.

 – Compiled
by Malibongwe Dayimani

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