Emfuleni News

Illegal burials robbing families of dignified funerals

Funeral are a multi-million rand industry where funeral undertakers are out to make a killing by laying our loved ones to rest. As a final display of our love for the dearly departed, families often spend a lot of money to pay their respects to the deceased. Sadly, in the process of burying their loved ones, many residents in Emfuleni have fallen prey to unregistered funeral undertakers.

This is the most dangerous kind, operating without compliance documents and making a quick buck from the sorrow and pain of bereaved families. Undocumented burial companies are nothing new in Emfuleni, with the municipality in the past declaring there were over 600 operating undertakers with only less than 10% of these properly registered and in possession of certificates of competence.

Lest we forget! Focus on Human Rights Month

March is Human Rights month in South Africa, a time to reflect on the lessons of our painful history. To commemorate the 58th anniversary of Sharpeville Massacre, a day known as Human Rights Day in our country, Voice of Emfuleni spoke to some of the survivors of that fateful day, the 21st of March 1960.

These are residents of Emfuleni whose lives were scarred forever by that landmark protest against pass laws and the ‘dom pass’ outside the old Sharpeville police station.

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