Thanks to Covid-19 regulations, Joel Fagin Peter of Kang village is yet to be buried, over two weeks since he was crashed to death by the car he was fixing.
The bizarre accident happened on April 5 when the car jack holding up the car reportedly collapsed or slipped, making the vehicle he was under, to come crushing onto his body. The deceased’s body remains in a morgue in Kanye pending burial.
It is worse now that his wife, who is of South Africa origin, had to be placed under a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Botswana while coming to arrange fro his burial. Only after being cleared free of COVID-19 will she be released.
According to a close family member of the deceased, they have no idea when the burial will be and all they are doing currently is waiting on authorities to release the wife. It is only then that proper funeral arrangements can take place. “We are not sure how long this will last but we wish things were different, it seems he will be there for the whole month,” said the relative.
Though they understand why things have to be done this way, it does not ease the prolonged pain of losing a loved one. It was not an easy undertaking to get the wife to Botswana they say, there were so many processes to be followed and she is said to be in the country all alone without any relatives. Even their daughter cannot attend the funeral because of government restrictions.
Fagin, as he was well known, was a member of Gaborone Strides Runners Club. The club spokesperson Trevor Matlakala said the running community has lost a friend and a passionate runner – a humble soul who made everyone around him feel special and brave. He recalled that a day before he passed on, he had shared with the club WhatsApp group members a short selfie video of himself running in his yard, encouraging everyone to stay home and keep fit – that is the last fond memory of Fagin that will remain with Gabz Striders.
Another club member in Martin Dingake said Fagin had always been a sports person in his youthful years and was later to switch gear to long distance running, a mentally, physically and psychologically daunting task.
“Every success for him carried with it the responsibility to invite and recruit others to join in his joy and delight. There would be many in the Club that Fagin recruited for the Cosmos 3 in 1 race. He leaves without having completed the logistics for many of us to try our trade in the Cosmos 3 in 1 race and to many, it remains doubtful we would ever be able to do it. It may well be that the need to do it should be stronger in honour of his memory,” Dingake said.