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By unknown | Nov 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Langelihle Chagwe

Langelihle Chagwe

A grieving family was horrified to find that a relative had been buried as a pauper after his body was taken to the Hillbrow mortuary.

Archibald Makhubo, 37, of Diepkloof , Soweto, died in a car accident on his way to work. His family could not identify the badly mutilated body at the mortuary. He was later identified by his fingerprints. Officials neglected to notify the family and he was buried as a pauper.

Audrey Makhubo said she was devastated when Hillbrow mortuary officials told her that her brother had been buried as a pauper.

The family spent a month searching for Archibald Makhubo after he went missing on September 15.

She said her brother was on his way to work in Westdene, Johannesburg, when he went missing.

"The family opened a missing person's case at Sophiatown police station two days after he disappeared. We looked for Archibald at government mortuaries and everywhere, but to no avail," she said.

Audrey said officials at Hillbrow mortuary had shown them the body of a man who had been badly mutilated in a car accident.

"I did not suspect or think that it could be my brother's body. When we returned to the mortuary on October 23 we were told that officials had identified the body as my brother's and that he had been buried three days earlier. The mortuary had our address but did not inform us. The body needs to be exhumed so that the family can bury him properly," said Audrey.

She said the family needed answers from the police and local authorities.


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