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Covid-19 has changed our grief and goodbyes, and it hasn’t been easy

In Eastern Cape, residents are urged to return to an age-old burial ritual, but newer customs die hard

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When 70-year-old Zandile Bukhali buried her daughter, Nompumelelo, there were no flowers on her casket, no friends with whom to share stories and no relatives to offer warm hugs. 

This is the reality in which South Africans are finding themselves when trying to bury their loved ones during lockdown, after health minister Zweli Mkhize noted with concern that funerals were a breeding ground for Covid-19.

To date, more than 200 people linked to funerals in SA have tested positive for the virus, a fact that was reinforced by co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma when she emphasised that, in Level 4 lockdown, funerals were an area of concern...

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