The trauma of her husband dying in her hands was enough for Portia Ntshona, but seeing his body lying on the kitchen floor for 15 hours while waiting for a mortuary van nearly pushed her over the edge.
On Sunday night, Ntshona, 68, and her husband, Victor, 84, a retired professor, were going back to their Mulbarton, south of Johannesburg, home when Victor suddenly fell ill.
"He was vomiting and I managed to carry him out of the car. When we got to the kitchen door he collapsed. I went to the bedroom to prepare the bed, and when I came back he was dead."
Security guards in the area called the Mondeor Police Station.
Ntshona died at 8pm.
"The police arrived at about 9.30pm and took a statement."
One cop informed Ntshona that an inquest into the death of her husband had to be opened, so forensics had to remove the body.
Another officer said that since Victor had died of natural causes, there was no need for him to be taken to a government mortuary.
The family had to wait for long hours as police and the private mortuary were trying to decide who was responsible for removing her husband's body.