The street leading into the Golgotha Cemetery casted a look far from sombre as burial proceedings were brought to an absolute halt because the deceased, Leticia Botes’ boyfriend, Piet Damaseb and her ex, decided to spice things up a bit by trading blows.
As Botes was being buried, tempers frayed when visibly drunk ex-boyfriend of the deceased, Rico Josephs and friends, showed up to pay their respects.
Clutching a bottle in one hand and a Bible in another, Josephs, who had sold his car to Botes before she died, according Damaseb, came surging for him.
“At first, I thought there was something he wanted to tell me and when I turned to listen, he pushed me so hard I dropped my Bible. One of his friends tried to calm him down but he turned against him,” said Damaseb, adding, he tried to move forward in an attempt to get closer to the graveside where the deceased’s family and friends stood, when Josephs punched him.
Damaseb added: “I lost my cool then and punched him back. He kicked me and I kicked him back, before other mourners quickly intervened. We were walked away from the graveside after which police came to calm things down. It was hectic.”
During the days leading to the burial, Damaseb found himself on the receiving end of Josephs’ insults, regarding the decision to bury Botes in Windhoek.
“He said he was not happy with the fact that we were burying my girlfriend and baby’s mother here in Windhoek. Even though she was born in Rehoboth, Leticia grew up here and her mother was buried here too,” said Damaseb who has a five-year-old son with the deceased.
According to him, even the deceased’s father’s family from Rehoboth agreed to have her buried in Windhoek, albeit a small faction that was unhappy with the idea. “They are the ones who decided to aid Josephs with his salvo”.
“She was a Damara-speaking woman who grew up in Dolam and wanted to be buried here,” said Damaseb.
Josephs claimed his issue with Damaseb was initially about the car but burial being in Windhoek turned things sour.
“I asked him if he would finish paying me off the 40% left on the car I had sold to his girlfriend with whom he cohabited but he got defensive. He even started avoiding me, especially when I asked him about the burial arrangements about. I was not drunk at the funeral, I was pissed,” blurted Josephs, refusing to answer further questions.