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Mzizi Funeral Directors ordered to stop operating

13 February 2015 - Mzizi Funeral Directors operating in the jurisdiction of Emfuleni Local Municipality has been stopped operating with immediate effect. This decision is taken after investigation and visits to the premises by the ELM inspectors.

Emfuleni Local Municipality received a written a letter of concern by one bereaved family after it had to burial their loved one in a decomposed state. The deceased was in the care of Mzizi's mortuary until the time of burial earlier in the year, 2015.

It has been established that the rightful owner of the Certificate Of Competence, commonly known as COC, passed away in 2014. It should be noted that the Certificate of Competence ceases immediately the holder passes on. In this case the COC is no more valid. 

The Mzizi family was advised last year, to apply for the new COC and attend to some of the requirements alluded to as a matter of urgency by the health inspectors, and they agreed.

In January 2015, they were in violation of the Health Standards and health Act by holding, preparing and storage of the dead body/corpse whilst they did not meet the minimum requirements. Their refrigerator failed to work optimally hence the decomposition of the corpse. It is expect that Mzizi Funeral directors will cease operate until such time that they have met the following:

  • Screening the receiving and the dispatch area of the corpses.
  • Washing bays for the hearses
  • Repaired the refrigeration system
  • Separated the both the workers toilets from the bereaved ones
  • Created proper working facilities for the workers
  • Repaired the electricity supply including the back-up supply in case of the load shedding

This municipality has taken this decision in the best interests of it residents and the surrounding communities and the workers in the mortuary.

AT THIS POINT, RESIDENTS ARE STRONGLY AND SERIOUS DISCOURAGED FROM USING UNREGISTERED AND NOT COMPETENT FUNERAL UNDERTAKERS, SUCH AS MZIZI FUNERAL DIRECTORS. IT IS ILLEGAL AND POSED A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE HEALTH AND THE WELL BEING OF OUR COMMUNITY. POLICE AND THE BY-LAW UNIT WILL BE DISPATCHED EVERY WEEKEND TO MONITOR ANY ILLEGAL BURIALS OR TOMBSTONE ERECTION.

Issued by Communication Unit
Acting Manager: Stanley Gaba
Emfuleni Local Municipality
Tel: (016) 950 6481
Fax: 086 555 5973
Cell: 083 501 7818
E-mail:stanleyg@emfuleni.gov.za

Contact person: Xithembiso Ngobeni
Manager: Parks and Cemeteries
Emfuleni Local Municipality
Tel: (016) 950 6481
Fax: 086 555 5973
Cell: 082 641 8286

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