The response was made by HHP's father Mr Tsambo who had initially told the media that he was not bothered by Lerato's application.
Lerato's application to put on hold HHP's funeral is currently being heard at the South Gauteng High Court and the Tsambo's family lawyer has since read out the families response to the application.
Mr Robert Tsambo's response was read in court and reads as follows:
"I wish to make it clear that the Tsambo family does not object to the applicant's presence at the deceased funeral nor do we wish to exclude her from the funeral in any respect. However, we dispute her claim that she was the deceased customary wife at the time of his death.
What we object to is the indignant upheaval of the deceased funeral which has been arranged at great expense to the family and with coordination of the Mmabatho Municipality and the Premier of the North West Province. The present funeral arrangements are the desire of the deceased family.
The applicant is welcomed to attend the funeral but we do not acknowledge that she was married to the deceased under customary law. If the applicant wishes to have this dispute resolved, it should be done in the ordinary course and the threat of disrupting the deceased funeral with the result in pain and anguish that, that would cause to the grieving family should not be used as a threat to force us to acknowledge her."
The court proceedings are still underway and a verdict has not yet been made on whether the funeral will be stopped from continuing or not.
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