Fight over burial site costs Gaoberekwe family

Lesiame Vice Pitseng and his siblings want to fulfil their father's wishes to be buried at CKGR
Lesiame Vice Pitseng and his siblings want to fulfil their father's wishes to be buried at CKGR

What is currently happening to Pitse Gaoberekwe's family looks like a scene out of a movie script as the burial of the deceased has not yet happened.

Four months later, the family does not know if they will ever bury their beloved one any time soon. Gaoberekwe died on December 21, 2021, and his body still lies at Joyce's Funeral Parlour awaiting the dispute regarding his burial site to be resolved. The Gaoberekwes only hope that the case will be resolved on April 2 when Justice Itumeleng Segopolo delivers a judgement that will resolve the impasse relating to his burial which has been pending for months now. “This issue has really traumatised our family and it has been dragged for months.

My uncle has stayed all his life at CKGR (Central Kalahari Game Reserve). He only went to New Xade to be nearer to the hospital because there are no health facilities at the CKGR. After we tried to resolve our issue with the council and agreed that we will bear the costs, now the Department of Wildlife and National Parks also became part of the issue by blocking us from burying him at CKGR. We don’t understand why they don’t want us to bury there when other people are burying at CKGR. The matter is draining us emotionally and physically and the community is also concerned about it,” the family spokesperson Smith Moeti told The Monitor on Saturday.

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