Nobuhle Buhle Bhengu MSC Seaside Crew Illness Death Bahamas – On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Nobuhle ‘Buhle’ Bhengu, 30, from Umlazi, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, was a crew member waitress aboard MSC Cruises ship MSC Seaside when she suddenly become ill due to highly infectious Tuberculosis and passed away in Nassau, Bahamas.
Bhengu was due to return home on March 27 after her contract with MSC expired. However, she suddenly became ill in January after complaining of a sore body. It was determined days after her death that she died from Tuberculosis
The Bahamas government wanted to cremate Bhengu’s body over concerns that her ‘unexplained illness’ could be contagious. But, the family was left with no choice but to accept the cremation of her body, despite this being in conflict with Zulu cultural practices.
Bhengu’s brother, Thobani Bhengu, and another relative were already in the Bahamas where they had been fighting to have the body returned to South Africa. Their efforts failed. The family held a funeral in South Africa with a full size casket.
The Zulu people in South Africa grow up knowing that a dead relative joins other dead relatives and they watch over the family members who are still alive.
The dead relative can be consulted in times of need and can even mediate for them with God. This means that they would be unwilling to cremate a loved one.
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