Silo­bela sui­cide woman fi­nally buried 2 months af­ter death

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THE body of a Silo­bela woman who al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide over her hus­band’s in­fi­delity was fi­nally laid to rest at her par­ents’ home­stead al­most two months af­ter she died amid con­tentions be­tween her fam­ily and that of her hus­band.

The body of Al­phina Bhebhe who hanged her­self in the fam­ily house on 12 Oc­to­ber and had been stuck at Silo­bela Hos­pi­tal Mor­tu­ary af­ter her fam­ily re­fused to bury her, ac­cus­ing her hus­band, Mr Free­man Sibanda, of foul play was only buried last Mon­day.

The Bhebhe fam­ily de­manded that Mr Sibanda pays them 11 beasts which he failed to do, lead­ing to an im­passe.

Af­ter fail­ing to meet the de­mands, Mr Sibanda al­legedly dis­ap­peared to an un­known desti­na­tion leav­ing the fam­ily with no op­tion but to bury the body which was al­most at an ad­vanced state of de­com­po­si­tion.

Silo­bela Na­tional Assem­bly Mem­ber Cde Mthokozisi Manoki Mpofu con­firmed the devel­op­ment say­ing the mat­ter had caused in­sta­bil­ity in the area.

“Yes, the lady’s body was fi­nally laid to rest af­ter the hus­band just van­ished. We are glad that the Bhebhe fam­ily fi­nally took our ad­vice and put the soul of their daugh­ter to rest,” said Cde Mpofu.

He said both lo­cal, tra­di­tional and po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship had tried in vain to in­ter­vene.

“Both Chief Mal­isa and my­self, tried to in­ter­vene say­ing they should put the body to rest and deal with the mat­ter later but they did not want to take hid.

“So we have ev­ery rea­son to cel­e­brate when they fi­nally took ac­tion as we feared for the worst as the body was said to be de­com­pos­ing in mor­tu­ary due to power cuts,” he said.

Reached for com­ment, Al­phina’s father, Mr Ni­cholas Bhebhe said as a fam­ily they were left with no op­tion but to bury their daugh­ter.

“It’s some­thing that I do not like talk­ing about but we sat down as a fam­ily and saw it fit that we lay her to rest. Since her hus­band had run away from the re­spon­si­bil­ity, we de­cided to take her body to our home­stead where we laid her to rest,” he said.

Asked on the al­le­ga­tions of foul play against Mr Sibanda which made them de­mand the eleven beasts, Mr Bhebhe said he was not in a po­si­tion to talk about it

“As a fam­ily there are some things that we looked at and did not un­der­stand and we wanted an­swers from our son-in-law that he could not give, so we had to do some rit­u­als but all the same, the most im­por­tant thing is that we fi­nally buried her,” said Mr Bhebhe.

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