The family of one of the victims of the Nigeria collapse has said they are convinced they received the wrong body. So who exactly are they burying?
Photo: Victims of the Nigeria Collapse returning to South Africa. EWN.
Following a report by The Times this morning that the government may have to exhume the bodies of the victims of the Nigeria Collapse after the Mkhulisi family expressed that they doubted the identity of the body, Redi Thlabi spoke to the family in question.
Brother to 47-year-old Phumzile Mkhulisi, Lwandle Mkhulisi told 702 and Cape Talk that what added fuel to their doubt was that the officials could not give physical proof that families were being given the right bodies.
Photo: The victim's brother, Lwandle Makhasi. Source: Times Live/Lungelo Mbulwana.
There are lots of issues that are involved in this matter, firstly we were prevented from seeing what was inside the body bag at the government mortuary when this body was handed back to us ...— Lwandile Makhasi, Family Member
Makhasi explained that the family recieved a call from a government official instructing them to avoid viewing the body, and insisting that the body should be cremated.
The family went to the private mortuary to view the body that they had taken home only to find that besides being unidentifiable, the body in question did not have the distinctive gap that his sister had had all her life.
Makhasi says that they have since approached the other families who were affected by this tragedy to avoid burying the bodies, and are considering an application for all the bodies to be exhumed so that the right bodies are handed over to families.
Listen to Redi's conversation with Lwandle Makhasi here:
The victim, Phumzile Makhasi's youngest son has also disappeared since they were instructed by the government not to open the body bag.