53-year-old man banned from attending his own mother's funeral

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HE was wandering outside the venue, watching neighbours and relatives attend his mother’s funeral.

Sadly, he could not go in because of a protection order his sister had got two weeks before.

Phumlani Khongola (53) from Amatikwe, north of Durban, is heartbroken that he didn’t get a chance to bury his mum Duduzile Mchunu (85), who died last Tuesday.

Her funeral was held at his younger sister’s home in Verulam on Sunday. He said not being able to bury his mother could turn her into a bad ancestor towards him.

“She took care of me when I was young. She loved me dearly and burying her would have been a way to show my appreciation. Seeing the tent, neighbours and relatives going in while I couldn’t was devastating.”

Phumlani said the protection order came after he tried to take his mother to hospital when she was sick.

“My mother stayed with me in Amatikwe but my sister took her in 2016. Last month, I heard she was sick and I went to check on her.

“When I found that she was very sick, I offered to take her to hospital. My sister refused and the next thing I was served with a protection order that prevented me from visiting her home or seeing my mother,” said Phumlani.

But he said he won’t let this go without a fight. “I’ll meet my lawyers soon as I want her grave to be exhumed. I want her to be buried in my yard.”

When Daily Sun contacted his sister Josini (43), she said she could not talk as she was still mourning.

“I got a protection order against him but did he tell you he got one against me?”

She then referred the People’s Paper to her older brother Israel (51). He said he’s the one who advised Josini to get a protection order because Phumlani was harassing her. He said they wouldn’t let him exhume their mother’s body.

– Daily Sun


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