Kgothatso Mdunana's father relieved to have her remains 2 months after her death

Kgothatso Mdunana plunged to her death from the 13th floor of a building in Hangzhou in April but her family only managed to repatriate her remains after generous donations from the public.

A traditional ceremony takes place following the arrival of Kgothatso Mdunana's remains at the OR Tambo International Airport on 7 June 2021. Picture: Mia Lindeque/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The mortal remains of 24-year-old South African student Kgothatso Mdunana, who plunged to her death in China, have now been handed over to her family two months after her death.

Her loved ones received her repatriated remains at OR Tambo international airport on Monday morning.

Mdunana plunged to her death from the 13th floor of a building in Hangzhou in April but her family only managed to repatriate her remains after generous donations from the public.

Kgothatso Mdunana’s remains arrived at OR Tambo airport on Monday morning after her flight, which was supposed to land on Sunday, was delayed.

Her coffin, a steel box, can be seen from the back of the hearse here, where she was warmly welcomed.

Her father, Pfarelo Mpapuli, is here and he said that he was relieved, however, the pain was still deep.

"It's been like a roller-coaster going up and down. We came in today to welcome her home. I came here with my sisters to welcome her in a traditional way," he said.

From here, Baroka Funerals will transport the coffin to their family house in Lombardy West for a short prayer service where Kgothatso’s mother, Nomsa Mdunana, was waiting.

The hearse will then go to a Pretoria mortuary before her funeral in Alexandra on Saturday.

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