Cape Metropolis – An Islamic cemetery board has confirmed that a levy will be charged for after-hour burials.
This comes after a video went viral on social media, exhibiting men at the Mowbray Muslim Cemetery in Cape Metropolis paying for entrance to bury their beloved one.
In the video, men in Muslim apparel will also be considered standing at a locked gate, handing over money through the bars of the gate to the man while a shriek states it costs R500 for every hour the janaza (funeral) is late at its gravesite.
After the money is handed over, the video presentations the caretaker unlocking the gate. The man states that the money is a penalty rate paid for late-coming.
A mountainous sequence of complaints were made to the Moslem Cemetery Board in Cape Metropolis by residents who saw the video.
Alternatively, in a digital assertion, secretary of the board Fazloodien Abrahams stated this rate used to be communicated to undertakers in November final year and stipulates that the levy pertains to janazas that grasp space after working hours, which slay at 4.30pm.
He stated he had sent a letter, dated November 30, 2020, to assorted undertakers clearly stipulating the motive within the aid of the R500 penalty.
“The reason of the R500 is for the reason of recovery costs of the cemetery for price of additional petrol, labour, previous fashioned time labour, electricity for janazas that rock up after hours.
“The staff prefer to pause until the janaza leaves, trim up their instruments, their protective equipment and lock up the office, that will grasp one other hour or two, and employees must always tranquil be dropped at dwelling.”
When the letter used to be sent available within the market have been no objections or concerns raised to this bid amount, Abrahams stated.
Chairperson of the Moslem Cemetery Board Faizel Sayed stated that must always tranquil households now not have the opportunity to afford the R500 late rate, they might per chance presumably now not be turned away.
Sayed stated the man at the gate within the video is his father.
“He’s 75 years historical and is now volunteering at the cemetery,” he stated.
Addressing this region in a digital assertion, 2nd deputy president of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) Shaykh Riad Fataar stated the council will be assembly with the cemetery board, but wished to emphasise that the late rate would easiest observe to janazas after 4.30pm and no additional designate needs to be paid all the plan through the working hours at the cemetery.
African News Agency (ANA)