Trauma as family loses six members to Covid-19

Family members stigmatised as carriers of virus

04 February 2021 - 10:20 By isaac mahlangu
After the burial of 80-year-old Mike Malatsi, six family members have succumbed to Covid-19.
After the burial of 80-year-old Mike Malatsi, six family members have succumbed to Covid-19.
Image: Alon Skuy

The Malatsi family gathered on December 29 in the small village of Tafelkop, near Groblersdal in Limpopo, to mourn and pay their last respects at the funeral of 80-year-old Mike Malatsi.

They sang, cried and prayed together in grief as they honoured the elderly member of the family who was certified dead on arrival at a local clinic. The cause of death was unknown.

Five days after his funeral, another Malatsi family member died from Covid-19 in hospital in Emalahleni in Mpumalanga. Since then the Malatsis have buried another five family members, all of whom died from Covid-19, while at least 10 others have tested positive.

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