A family of a Karakubis man who died in a Kang private lodge room seven months ago have exhumed his body for an independent post-mortem.
At the centre of 67-year-old Pericles Ralehika’s exhumation is an inquirey by the Lobatse Police into a P4 million pula transaction that he performed just before his death.
Ralehika was found dead on 4 March this year at a private lodge in Kang where he had travelled to buy a farm after he had sold his Hainaveld farms for more than P4 million.
His burial was delayed for 12 days as the family waited for some of his children to arrive from outside the country.
After the burial things looked normal a relative said, but seven months down the line one of his children, Pako Ralehika brought a pathologist to Karakubis to exhume the body for another post mortem.
Though they did not want to be named for fear of victimization and due to the high tension within their clan, some family members told The Voice that the deceased’s children suspected foul play.
A family member said that the money that was generated from the farm sale was at the centre of the controversy.
It could neither be traced after Ralehika’s death nor could anyone find out whether he had brought the farm in Kang or not?
The Village Chief, Kgosi Tlhophane Botshake, 73 said:“We hear he sold his Hainaveld farm for P4 million and he was in the process of buying another farm in Kang which is closer to his home village.
There was a time Ralehika’s wife told me of some millions which disappeared from his account.”
Divisional Commander South Senior Assistant Commissioner Oreeditse Mautle confirmed that police were investigating a suspicious transaction Ralehika performed just before his death.
Though cagey with details Mautle also revealed that the old man had transferred a substantial amount of money into someone else’s account – “a person not related to the deceased,” he said.
Concerning the exhumation, the police boss revealed that the deceased’s family notified his office of their intention to seek a second opinion on the first post mortem results.
“ I don’t see any problem with that because the family has the right to exhume and perform an independent post mortem at their own cost,” he said.
The deceased’s current wife, his elder brother and Pako Ralehika, the son who brought the pathologist to the village, declined to comment when contacted.