Pastor's funeral halted - Hunt for more bodies
Widow and other daughter due in court today
THE funeral of a North West pastor and his daughter, whose remains were found buried inside their home, has been put on hold so that the the police can conduct more forensic tests.
The badly decomposed body of Elias Maretlwa, 61, a pastor in Tlhabologang in Coligny, and a skeleton believed to be that of his daughter Leki Maretlwa, 23, were discovered by the police buried in a shallow grave in the bedroom of their house.
North West police spokesman Brigadier Thulani Ngubane told Sowetan that the police might undertake further diggings in the yard to make sure that more bodies are not buried there.
The two were allegedly killed by the pastor's wife, Bertha Maretlwa.
The house was also used by the community for church services on Sundays.
The pastor of the National Independent Congregation Church was reported missing in December, while his daughter had been reported missing in 2009.
According to the family the wife allegedly told them that her husband and daughter where in Botswana to train as traditional healers.
They were supposed to return on June 16, when the family, church members and friends were to throw a big welcome ceremony.
The family got angry when the two failed to appear on the said date. They questioned the wife, who allegedly succumbed to pressure and revealed the whereabouts of their bodies. The woman said she had buried them there because she was poor and could not afford funerals.
North West Premier Thandi Modise's spokesman, Lesiba Kgwele, said the office of the premier would assist with the funeral costs.
The woman and her 16-year-old daughter have been arrested and charged with two counts of murder.
They will appear in the Coligny Magistrate's Court today. - firstname.lastname@example.org