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Families square off over dead manÔÇÖs documents

Tue, 2 April 2013 06:11
by Chris-Paul

the death of Leberiuf Tibinyane (45) has brought bad blood between two families with close ties to him in a fight for a right to his documents.
Tibinyane, who was not employed, died on the 4th of February in Katutura State Hospital from TB and lung infection.
According to his niece, Roswitha Ntlhokwe, who is leading his biological family, the Tibinyane family is refusing to hand over the deceased’s document to them.
The documents, comprised of his ID, death certificate and marriage certificate are currently in the possession of Maria Tibinyane (58).
Ntlhokwe said Maria is refusing to hand over the documents which she needs to close a funeral cover she’d opened for her uncle now that he has passed on.
“They are still deducting money from my salary because of the cover. I need those documents to close it. I also need to claim my money since it is rightfully mine,” she said.
Maria, who is leading the opposing family, said she will not hand over the documents until she has been refunded in full the N$7 000 she spent on the funeral.
“We paid for everything from our side. The majority of the money came from me. She just wants to claim the money from the cover. If the man had a funeral cover then why didn’t they use it during the funeral?
“During the funeral, she claimed that the funeral cover expired last year in May,” said Maria.
She said Ntlhokwe just want the money and does not have the interest of Tibinyane’s widow at heart and that she wasn’t really related to the deceased.
“He was raised by our family like he was part of the family. That’s how he ended up carrying our surname and so we felt compelled to help with his funeral. She just wants the money and I will make sure she does not get away with this,” she said.
Ntlhokwe admitted that the Tibinyanes paid for the funeral proceedings because they couldn’t wait a few more days for them to get paid at the end of the month.
“We didn’t have money and we told them to wait until we got paid at the end of the month but they insisted on carrying out the funeral. That’s how the expenses accrued. When he was in the hospital for two and a half weeks, no one from them cared to visit him,” said Ntlhokwe.
Ntlhokwe’s claims that her late uncle’s wife, Angelbertina supports her were denied by both Maria and Angelbertina.  
“I’m not on their side. I know what they are up to. These people (Maria’s family) have helped me and continue to help me, so I’m with them,” said Angelbertina.