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03 May 2019

Rustenburg – The North West Department of Health is still investigating the circumstances that led to a couple burying the wrong baby, following a mix-up of infant bodies at Job Shimankana Tabane (JST) hospital in Rustenburg.


It was discovered that the remains of Brenda and David’s new-born baby was missing when the couple was taken to the JST mortuary on 13 April 2018 to say their final goodbyes. 


According to media reports this past week, Brenda and David Kgaje have called on the department to assist them in exhuming, what they believe to be the remains of their baby, who was mistakenly buried by another couple over a year ago. 


Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests that were carried out proved that the remains of that deceased baby belonged to a woman who lives in Luka. The Kgaje family is still waiting for the remains of their baby to be exhumed so that they can give their child a proper burial. 

In an interview with Platinum Weekly, spokesperson of the Department of Health Tebogo Lekgethwane said:

“This is an isolated case. We are reviewing the process to check whether there are any loopholes in the system. The concerned families had undergone counselling.”

Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital.  

 

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