Widow will not exhume hubby's body
A MPUMALANGA widow who is embroiled in a bitter fight with her in-laws over her dead husband, has decided not to have his body exhumed.
Donicky Mokoena said her husband's mother and his brothers hijacked the hearse carrying his body on July 28 and took it to Mshandza village, near Hazyview, in Mpumalanga. Mokoena's eldest son Senzo, 21, was allegedly assaulted during the incident.
On July 30, Mokoena and her children woke up to a bizarre scene. They found the coffin in which her husband, Caiphus Mokoena, was to be buried at the gate of their home.
On Sunday, Mokoena said she had decided not to have the body exhumed.
"I could have the body exhumed. It is my right to do so because I am his wife, but I do not want to do that. I am doing this for my children and for myself.
"We have suffered. We have cried. We have had enough.
"We do not know where he has been buried, but I heard he was buried in his mother's yard. My children and I won't be able to visit his grave."
Caiphus died in a car accident on July 8. He was a taxi driver and had been living with his mother since 2010 after he was involved in an accident. His wife said before her husband died, he had promised to return home.
She was granted rights to bury her husband by Ngodwana Magistrate's Court and Masoyi Traditional Court. However, her husband's family approached the Pretoria High Court.
The matter was set to be heard on Friday.
Caiphus' cousin, Caners Nyundu, earlier said the couple were divorced in 2010, but Mokoena's lawyer, Vusi Shongwe, said his client was still married to Caiphus at the time of his death.