They are still refusing to do burials at Phutanang Cemetery.
LOCAL funeral undertakers are looking into obtaining their own grounds for a cemetery in order to conduct burials, while they are still refusing to do burials at Phutanang Cemetery.
The Sol Plaatje Municipality has instructed that all burials as from August 26 may only take place at Phutanang Cemetery as all the city’s other cemeteries are overpopulated.
The chairperson of the Northern Cape Funeral Practitioners Association, Anthony Malan, said that they had resumed burials at all other cemeteries in the city, except Phutanang Cemetery.
“The municipality must not blame us if the cemeteries are full. We will not go to Phutanang Cemetery until everything is up and running and the shacks have been removed.”
The residents occupying the 183 illegal shanties at Phutanang Cemetery stated that the police and Sol Plaatje Municipality security personnel had “passed by” but had not handed out eviction notices or dared to tear down their shacks.
Malan said that they were still awaiting feedback from the Sol Plaatje Municipality about how to resolve the problem.
“Sol Plaatje Municipality said that they would consult with the relevant stakeholders and come back to us but we are still waiting for them to meet us halfway. The only solution would be to obtain our own grounds for a cemetery.”