Seasoned actress Khabonina Qubeka, who plays the feature of Nigerian diplomat and witch Oby Phakade on Generations: The Legacy, made headlines in 2020 when she sued a private hospital for hundreds of thousands of rands after they disposed of her placenta without her permission.
She gave start to her and world champion kickboxing husband Vuyisile “Master Vusi” Colossa’s daughter, Lwandle, in October 2018.
The actress signed a legal agreement with the Lifestyles Bedford Gardens Hospital which indicated that she’ll take her placenta house after start.
The file stated that the actress refused the disposal by incineration [burning] or by other lawful means of human tissue.
Placenta for cultural and trade reasons
According to a 2020 Sowetan article, Qubeka and her husband Colossa wanted to maintain the placenta for cultural and trade reasons.
I felt the want to maintain my placenta because this was my first pregnancy and I have no idea if I will ever be pregnant again.
So for me, this was a chance to search out the elephantine avenues of my pregnancy. A placenta is the baby’s blanket and culturally it advantages the baby and the overall family.
I was informed [by the hospital management] that we’ll freeze it for you and when you are ready you can reach to glean it…
According to TimesLIVE, Colossa said the placenta was significant for him and his family to be dilapidated in Tsonga rituals.
“You can cleanse the baby traditionally if something happens to them. Some other cultures they plant it and then plant a tree to relate the lifetime of the baby,” he was quoted as saying.
Radio and TV manufacturing
At the time, the couple was within the early stages of creating a radio and TV manufacturing about health and wellness for the duration of and after pregnancy. The placenta was meant to be a tall feature within the manufacturing.
“Just about producing the extra or less inform that we were going for, we were looking out at a manufacturing cost of between R10 million and R20 million, that’s except for the sponsors,” Colossa explained.
THE MILLION-RAND PLACENTA
The hospital’s lawyer Ronald Bottin contradicted the actress’s claims of negligence and stated in an email:
In line with the internal processes and insurance policies of Lifestyles Healthcare, the allegations surrounding the placenta of Ms Qubeka, after giving start for the duration of October 2018, was investigated at various ranges together with hospital, operational and management level.
She was required to complete and tag an affidavit for the safe disposal of human tissue by a patient, in uncover to gather the placenta after her discharge.
Ms Qubeka did not complete the affidavit nor queried upon discharge the whereabouts of the placenta.
As a result, the hospital is obligated to eliminate the placenta in an ethical manner as required by way of legislation.
There have been no mentions of the lawsuit or its final result since.
POPULARITY OF KEEPING PLACENTAS
Eat the placenta
According to parents.com eating a placenta became popular because of celebrities such as the Kardashians, Hilary Duff, and January Jones who ate or took placenta tablets after giving start.
The practice is called placentophagy where ladies either eat it or encapsulate it into a capsule form and add it to smoothies.
Donate the placenta
Some ladies donate their placentas via an accredited tissue bank as it is far properly-acknowledged that the nutrient-dense tissue of a placenta helps healing of wounds and burns, ocular procedures, spinal surgeries, and other medical wants.
Some ladies are so enthusiastic about their placentas that they’ve created beaded bracelets, earrings off them as a constant reminder of their pregnancy.
Most cultures imagine in planting a placenta alongside a tree in their yard after start as it symbolises a baby’s link to the earth.
HER WITCHY CHARACTER: OBY PHAKADE
The actress’s present character, Oby Phakade, has trended every night for her witchy stunts, such as appeasing the ancestors by eating human livers and ingesting her blood to gain energy.
She also controls others by making them drink her special brewed tea and hypnotises them.
She and her on-display husband Kumkani Phakade (Vuyo Dabula) are relentlessly pursuing Ayanda who is partially accountable for Oby’s brother’s death and for getting Phakade arrested.
Tshidi (Letoya Makhene), Ayanda (Samela Tyelbooi) and Lucy (Manaka Ranaka) are at indicate on her trail and have requested a sangoma to assist them glean rid of the her.