A Limpopo man whose body had been kept in a mortuary for three weeks because of a family disagreement was finally buried at the weekend.
Samuel Phaladi, of Kromhoek at Ga-Makgatho, died on February 5 but could not be buried because his wife, his mistress and sister were fighting over his body.
His sister Josephine and the mistress had allegedly connived to have him buried on February 9, but his wife, Morafi Phaladi, did not agree. The funeral was postponed to February 22, but still Morafi could not agree.
She argued that she had not been consulted about the funeral date and that she was only told that her husband had died two days before the funeral.
Morafi said she was forbidden by her in-laws to visit her husband while he was sick at a hospital in Gauteng.
She also claimed that she was prohibited from seeing her husband's body in the mortuary after his death.
Josephine had also connived with her brother when he was still alive to steal her marriage certificate and ID and organised a bogus marriage with his mistress who lived nearby.
The well-attended funeral went on without Josephine.
"I am very relieved that I finally laid to rest the remains of my husband.
"I hope he will forever rest in peace now that the differences are over," said the elated Morafi after the funeral.
Slow Chauke, chairman of the ANC in the OR Tambo branch in the Blouberg sub-region, who played a pivotal role in the negotiations, said the ANC in the region had a mandate to take care of Morafi now that she was left alone to fend for herself and her family.
"We will make sure that she receives free government services such as food parcels, that her children are registered for a child support grant and that they attend school for free."