Siblings fight over corpse

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FRANCISTOWN: The High Court here has ruled in favour of three siblings against their brother in a case in which they were fighting over their mother’s corpse.

The brother had sneaked away with the corpse from the morgue with the intention to  bury it in Senyawe, but the other siblings brought it back to be sent to Serowe, after an urgent court matter.  The applicants, Malaki Bowane, Sibusiso Bowane and Priscilla Bowane wanted the court to rule that their mother, Ulliya Bowane, be buried in Serowe where she has a home and was staying for the past 19 years while their brother, Freedom Bowane, wanted her to be buried in Senyawe where she originally comes from.

In their founding affidavit, the applicants said that since 1996 the deceased had resided at her homestead at Bokhurutshe ward in Serowe, which they consider their permanent home. “For the past 19 years, the deceased has resided in Serowe with us and has never visited Senyawe and has no ties with Senyawe whatsoever,” said the applicants. “On March 17, my elder sister Sibusiso and my younger sister Priscilla who resides with the deceased in Serowe, brought her to Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital where she was referred to by doctors from Sekgoma Memorial Hospital in Serowe. Upon arrival at Nyangabgwe at around 7 am, she developed some complications and passed on,” revealed Malaki Bowane.

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