A Mitchells Plain family will say goodbye to their late family member for the second time on Monday, July 26, after initially burying him on Friday.
Patiswa Mhlauli and her family held a funeral service for her husband on Friday, however, she was informed that it was not her husband’s body that was in the coffin merely three hours after his burial.
According to Mhlauli, family members requested to view the body for the last time but were denied by undertakers, as IOL reports. Mhlauli says that she then received a message requesting her to come to the Avbob offices in Maitland immediately. This is then where she was informed that they had buried the wrong person while the stranger they cried about was scheduled to be buried on Saturday, July 24.
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town has dismissed reports indicating that the province’s graveyards have reached their capacity due to COVID-19 related deaths, EWN reports.
City representative, Zahid Badroodien says residents should really think of burying relatives during the week instead of over weekends in order to reduce the number of people who are at the city’s facilities.
Undertakers in the Western Cape have also expressed their concerns regarding the shortage of coffins as they conduct more than 90 COVID-19 related funerals per week.