Accident victim will be buried without DNA proof
MBABANE – The family of one of the 14 people who were killed in the kombi accident that occurred along the Tshaneni – Mandlangempisi road have decided to go ahead with the funeral with the hope that they will bury the right remains.
They have decided to proceed without conducting the recommended DNA tests to determine the identity of the deceased.
This follows that most of the victims of the horrific crash, which occurred last Friday were burnt beyond recognition as the kombi caught fire immediately after crashing into the bus shelter. Boniface Nxumalo (75) will be buried at Nkambeni on Saturday after a vigil on Friday.
His brother, Albert Nxumalo, said the decision to bury the deceased was taken by the family after taking a number of aspects into consideration.
He said Boniface died while on his way to Tshaneni to collect his elderly grant.
"It was a difficult decision but it was after careful consideration that we decided to bury the remains of my brother even though the DNA results are not back," he said.
Nxumalo said they hope DNA results will confirm that they buried the right remains.
He said they were concerned that the DNA results would return after a long time.
Nxumalo said they went to Good shepherd hospital where the DNA was to be conducted yesterday but were told that the tests would only be conducted today at the Mbabane Government Hospital. Nxumalo also thanked the management of the Times of Swaziland and Dups Funeral Home Services for stepping forward to assist the families of all the victims with costs related to the funerals.
"We are very grateful for what the Times of Swaziland and Dups Funeral Home Services have done for us. The deceased was an old man who was no longer working and the donations by the two companies will help us give him a decent funeral," he said.
The Times of Swaziland has offered free advertisement space for funeral notices while Dups Funeral Home Services donated commodities and services worth E100 000.
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