Family hopeful body of Durban woman will be returned this week

Family hopeful body of Durban woman will be returned this week

The loved ones of Umlazi woman, Buhle Bhengu, are hoping her body will be brought home by Friday.   


Family spokesperson, Muzi Hlengwa says officials in the Bahamas have finally agreed to release her body - for repatriation. 

The Bahamian government had initially refused to release her remains - citing health concerns and said that Bhengu - who worked on an MSC Cruise ship and died last month after a short illness would be cremated.  Hlengwa says there's a new challenge now.

"The United States of America do not want to receive the body. There are no flights from the Bahamas to South Africa. So the body has to go to the US before it comes to South Africa. They won't accept the body because it's infectious."

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Hlengwa says they've now turned to the UK for help

"The department has spoken to the UK and alerted them that should we not be able to use Amercica then we have to turn to them. We are hoping that by the end of this week we will have the body and might have the funeral." 

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