Battle to prove mom’s death

Nomahlubi Jordaan

A FRUSTRATED Port Elizabeth man wants the Home Affairs Department to exhume his mother’s body if that is what it will take to tie up his late father’s estate.

Timothy Hendricks, 53, of Linton Grange, has been battling to finalise the estate of his father Frank, who died last year, as, according to the department, Frank is still married to Violet – who died 28 years ago.

“It’s very traumatic sitting and fighting with people who are supposed to be providing a service to you,” Hendricks said. “I think they should rather go and exhume my mother’s body. I can tell them where she was buried … but the department is seemingly resurrecting people left, right and centre.

“I went to the Master of the High Court to sort out my father’s estate, but they instead sent me to the Department of Home Affairs because I cannot be the executor of my father’s estate while my mother is still ‘alive’,” he said. “The Master of the High Court informed me that my mother was still part of the estate according to the death certificate.”

Home Affairs confirmed Violet was still alive according to their records and Hendricks was then told to apply for her death certificate.

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