Parents fight over rights to bury murdered son
MBABANE – The parents of Celumusa Matsenjwa, one of the men who were killed at a Ngwane Park Bar last week, are now fighting over the right to bury him.
Celumusa died on July 22, 2012 together with Makhosini Mats-enjwa.
They were both stabbed to death.
The deceased are related, but it could not be ascertained how. Celumusa was born of Beauty Ndwandwe and Samson Matse-njwa in 1984.
His parents were not married but co-habitated at Emahlatsini and they had four children, Celumusa being the last born.
On the day he died, a man who was in Celumusa’s company allegedly called Samson to inform him of his son’s demise.
He allegedly took him to Dups Funeral Home where he was kept pending his burial.
"When I arrived at the mortuary, I found that the first respondent (Samson) had signed the relevant papers with the second respondent (Dups) and he had advised it that no one else should be authorised or given access or permission to interfere or remove the corpse from there as he would bury the child at his home at Siteki," Ndwandwe alleged.
A delegation from the Ndwandwe family had allegedly been sent to the Matsenjwa family to negotiate that they (Ndwandwes) bury the deceased because according to Swazi Law and Custom, he belonged to the Ndwandwes as Samson had not paid the customary penalties for him.
"The Matsenjwa family said they could not allow such as they had concluded that they would bury the two deceased persons on August 4 (Saturday).
"They insisted despite being reminded that Celumusa was not their child in terms of Swazi Law and Custom," Ndwandwe alleged.
The Matsenjwas allegedly then chased out the delegation and advised them to attend the funeral if they so wished, the court was told.
Thabiso Fakudze represented Ndwandwe and the application was on a certificate of urgency.
Samson had not responded to the papers which were allegedly served on him on Tuesday.
High Court Judge Stanley Maphalala granted the orders as prayed.
The Matsenjwa family was interdicted from proceeding with the funeral of the late Celumusa.
They were also interdicted from taking possession of the corpse and keeping it at a mortuary of their choice.
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