High Court to rule as deceased awaits burial

Lawyers in the CKGR burial case PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Lawyers in the CKGR burial case PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

Justice Itumeleng Segopolo of the Gaborone High Court will this morning make a ruling in the case in which Lesiame Pitseng is asking to be allowed to bury his father Pitseng Gaoberekwe at Metsiamanong in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). The body of the deceased has been lying in a morgue in Gantsi for four months.

Government has persistently denied the family permission to allow for the body of Gaoberekwe to be interred in the CKGR. Responding to the application before the court, State attorney, Advocate Sidney Pilane has argued that the deceased has no right to be buried in the game reserve.

“He is deceased and no longer exists as a person with rights. He is now a thing. And the question arises whether anybody can assert his right when he is deceased and what right does the applicant have to assert the dead person’s right?” argued Pilane.

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