Family struggles to bury slain woman at Outjo

09 Apr 2019 13:50pm
OUTJO, 09 APR (NAMPA) - The bereaved family members of a 19-year-old woman allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend at Outjo last month, are unable to pay for a decent burial for the deceased.
Selma Khamuxas was allegedly stabbed to death by her 22-year-old boyfriend, Robert Useb, at a bar on 29 March.
Her relatives are gathered at a house in the Soweto informal settlement in the town where she resided with her 52-year-old uncle, Willem Uiseb.
Uiseb on Monday told Nampa in an interview Khamuxas’s family cannot afford to hold a decent memorial and burial service for her.
He said the family also cannot buy food for the gathered mourners.
“Our wish is to lay her to rest on Saturday if we can be assisted with a coffin and money to pay for a grave at the Outjo Municipality,” said Uiseb.
The price of a municipal grave ranges between N.dollars 790 and N.dollars 990.
Outjo Mayor, Samuel !Oe-Amseb told this news agency on Monday his office was not aware of anything in connection with the funeral arrangements.
The deceased’s grandmother, Maria Khamuxas, 63, on her part said their hope now lies in the hands of Outjo Constituency Councillor, Johannes Antsino and the //Hai-Om San Traditional Authority.
Antsino on Monday said in an interview his office has liaised with the //Hai-Om San Traditional Authority to write a letter to the Marginalised Affairs office to solicit funds for the coffin.
Secretary to the //Hai-Om San Traditional Authority, John //Khamuxab on the matter said the traditional authority is aware of the financial struggles of the Khamuxas family and confirmed that his office wrote the financial request letter.
“As a traditional authority, we have also pledged N.dollars 1 000 towards the funeral, but we know very well that this is still not enough,” said //Khamuxab.
Khamuxas leaves behind a 14-month-old baby girl.
The accused, Useb, appeared in the Outjo Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where he was remanded in custody.
He is expected to return to the same court on 29 May 2019.