A furious Chipinge woman is demanding that her daughters remains be exhumed after she was buried at night 3 weeks ago, under mysterious circumstances.
Ms Susan Antonio who hails from Hanyani Village under Chief Mutema, whose her 21-year-old daughter, Ms Talent Sigauke, died in South Africa a month ago, was hastily buried under the cover of Covid-19 restrictions in her mother’s absence.
Ms Antonio now wants her daughter’s grave to be exhumed as she suspects there was an element of foreplay in her death.
Ms Antonio highly suspects that her son-in-law, Mr Moses Mtisi, murdered his wife in South Africa.
Mtisi only showed up for his wife’s burial and quickly returned to South Africa without answering burning questions.
His relatives are not forthcoming either and have refused to answer any questions. .
Said Ms Antonio:
“I am still trying to come to terms with what happened to my daughter. On the day of her burial at around 11am, I was at my homestead when I heard people crying at the Mtisi homestead. Little did I know that they were actually mourning my daughter. I was shocked when a close friend of mine visited me to pay her condolences. That is how I got to know that my daughter was no more.
She said later her in laws came to inform her that her daughter had died and her body was repatriated from South Africa. She says she directed them to her ex-husband.
She says her in laws later came back in the company of people who claimed to be law enforcement agents and ordered her to attend her daughter’s funeral.
“This is how my relatives and I ended up attending the funeral. However, a misunderstanding ensued as the Mtisis were instructed to pay lobola before burying Talent.
A fight ensued and they had to flee.
After their departure, the Mtisis proceeded to bury Talent’s body at around 8pm that night.
There were no relatives present.
She said she doesn’t even know if the body they buried was actually that of her daughter.
She said her brother in South Africa told her that Talent died as a result of assault by her husband.
Chipinge Rural District Ward Six Councillor Phenios Muzamana confirmed the development and called for further bing on the matter.
“The late woman’s body was buried at night following a feud between the two families. We urge the police to investigate this. It is taboo in our society to conduct a burial at night,” l.
Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers’ Association president, Mr George Kandiero said it is taboo to bury a person at night even with the Covid-19 pandemic
“This fast-tracked burial indicates something sinister. Exhumation and proper investigations will bring the much-needed closure for this woman’s family. If the in-laws have nothing to hide, then they should cooperate,”