The family of one Teregana Dyala, a grandmother who had already died, has been thrown into commotion after her dead body disappeared.
Daily Sun SA reports that the corpse family had planned a befitting funeral for her on Saturday. But the funeral service became a disaster after undertakers brought the wrong body not once, but twice. After this, the family decided to go looking for the body themselves but the body was nowhere to be found.
The situation almost got out of control when mourners at the funeral of the 75-year-old from Wentzel Park in Alexandria, near Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, tried to beat up the hearse driver, who had asked for help to push his run-down vehicle. Luckily, the family intervened and calmed the situation.
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37-year-old Teregana’s son, Mabhaso told Daily Sun: “At 8am a skorokoro hearse arrived from the undertaker, Shweme and Shweme, with the wrong body. We sent it back to Grahamstown to fetch our mum. We waited hours but when it finally came back, the body in the coffin still didn’t belong to my mother. We got the cops to escort us to another funeral parlour to check if the body was there. We also searched the offices of the undertaker in Grahamstown, with no success. We went to the Grahamstown cop shop to lay a charge but cops refused to open a case, claiming it was a civil matter.”
Zukiswa Galela, the supervisor in charge of the mortuary cried when she was confronted by the family. “This is the body that was delivered to us from the hospital mortuary.We are confused because according to our Grahamstown office, this is the body identified by the gogo’s son. The family must go back to the Port Alfred mortuary and check for her body. They know who their family member is, not us.”