A South African national identified as Skhumbuzo Jaca has been trapped for several days in a mortuary in Malawi over K2.1 million.
A report published by the Daily Sun of South Africa states that the 38-year old man came to Malawi last month looking for his long-lost daughter only to fall sick 3 days later but could not respond positively to medical treatment.
However, his family were issued with a K2.1 million (R46,000) by a funeral parlour to have the deceased body released, an amount the relatives could afford.
“It breaks our hearts because it’s our wish to bury him next to his ancestors,” Skhumbuzo’s sister, Nonhlanhla Makhathini has been quoted as saying.
The family was reportedly rebuffed by their South African government when they pleaded for help.
“They told us our only option is to let the government of Malawi bury him as the department only helps with documentation issues, not money”
She stated however that the hospital could only keep her deaced brother’s body in their mortuary for five days.