Family sues MoH for P3.5m over neglected corpse

Body in a mortuary PIC: NYPOST.COM
Body in a mortuary PIC: NYPOST.COM

President Tebogo Tau of the Court of Appeal delivered a ruling recently in Gaborone granting an unopposed application for condonation of the late payment of security for costs following a burial matter.

The development offers the Mapogo family another opportunity to seek compensation for the costs of the hurried burial of their loved one, Nigel Mapogo, as well as the emotional distress and shock resulting from negligence.

The parties involved in this case include Doreen Mapogo, Obakeng Mapogo, Tlamelo Mapogo (a minor represented by Doreen Mapogo), Modise Tladi, Moses Kgosibodiba, Barati Tladi, Khutsanyana Selebogo as applicants, and the Attorney General, representing the Ministry of Health, as respondents. The origin of this legal matter dates back to August 18, 2012, when Nigel Mapogo and his sister Eli Tladi tragically lost their lives in a motor vehicle accident. Subsequently, their bodies were transported to Princess Marina Hospital for post-mortem examinations.

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