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Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:14

City and CRL Commission reach consensus on burial practises

THE Municipality lived up to its vision of becoming a caring and liveable city in Africa when it committed to ensuring that its citizens’ needs are prioritised at all times.

This was the commitment made by Mayor, Councillor Zandile Gumede during the hearing on the city’s burial practises which was called by the Cultural, Religious and Linguistics Rights Commission recently.

The Commission argued that practises such as re-use of graves are discriminatory against people who have not erected tombstones on their loved ones’ gravesites based on religion, belief and culture.

Responding to questions raised by the Commission, Mayor Zandile Gumede explained that the Municipality is guided by the KZN Cemeteries and Crematoria Act No.12 of 1996 which makes provision for unleased graves to be re-used 10 years after the interment of a body.

The Chairperson of the Cultural, Religious and Linguistics Rights Commission, Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva expressed her gratitude at the commitment shown by the City to respect and preserve people’s cultural and religious beliefs.

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Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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