A WOMAN from Nkulumane in Bulawayo died yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa on a Johannesburg-bound Greyhound bus with her her family accusing the bus company of dumping her body at a mortuary in the SA without informing her relatives.
Siwineni Khumalo (62) was on her way to visit her children in Johannesburg when she allegedly fell sick in the bus and started vomiting until she died.
Khumalo’s brother, who is also the family’s spokesperson, Mlindeli Khumalo, said they are still in the dark on what could have caused her death.He said the bus company did not officially communicate with them following her death.
(Mr )Khumalo said they were shocked that a reputable company like Greyhound lacked customer care, because it failed to notify Khumalo’s relatives about her death.
“What we’re told is that she was vomiting. It doesn’t make sense that someone’s health takes a nose dive and the bus authorities, whom we entrust with our lives do nothing. They are supposed to have a traveller’s details with contacts of the next of kin. They didn’t call anyone of us. We doubt they even tried to assist her,” he said.
Khumalo said his sister’s children learnt about their mother’s death at Park Station in Johannesburg when they were waiting for her.
“When they inquired about her whereabouts from the bus officials, they were just told that the person fitting her description was left in a mortuary in Pretoria,” he says.
“That’s all they told her children who had to find their way back to Pretoria where they found her dead.”Khumalo said what was even puzzling was that when she left, she did not complain of any health issues.
Coaches at the Park Station office in South Africa said the company does not have information regarding Khumalo’s death.”We don’t know anything about the incident you’re talking about. I’ve checked the passenger register, we don’t have that name but for more information contact our station manager tomorrow (today),” said the official who did not disclose her name. – Chronicle 13/10/2016