A Cape Town mother says she is being haunted by the spirit of her dead four-year-old son whose corpse was dug up from the Maitland Cemetery and dumped at the door step of a Du Noon orphanage on Monday August 2.
Bereaved mother Fundiswa Maphini says she also does not have the money to bury her son a second time after his death in April this year.
Her son, Simamkele died suddenly on April 12 of an unknown illness after he was taken to hospital.
She said after grieving for her son, seeing his coffin reappear on someone else’s doorstep broke her heart all over again.
“When my child died I learned to accept it but when I saw the coffin back my heart got broken again. I don’t know what to do. I loved my son, he brought joy to my life. I don’t know who brought the coffin back.”
She said burying Simamkele on April 22 cost her R6,000. Unemployed, she had to borrow some of the money from lenders and could not afford to bury him again.
Maphini broke into sobs, saying: “I don’t have money to bury my son twice. I don’t have money at all.”
She said she told police they must take care of her son’s corpse.
“They (police) can do anything… they can burn the corpse or do whatever they feel like doing with it.” But she said if she had the money she would ensure he got another proper burial and was able to rest in peace as he was now haunting her dreams.
Meanwhile, Tozi Gonya, the woman from the house where the body was placed, fled the township under police escort after residents, accusing her of witchcraft, threatened to set her house alight.
Gonya was at the time taking care of six children.
Two of them fled with her while the Cape Town Child Welfare’s Du Noon branch has accommodated the other four.
Kensington Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Ntombi Nqunqeka said police were still investigating a case of violation of a grave and no arrests had yet been made.
Nqunqeka said the child’s body was being kept at the state mortuary in Salt River. – Peter Luhanga, West Cape News