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‘I do get scared when the Covid funerals come’


‘I do get scared when the Covid funerals come’

Gravediggers are the forgotten witnesses of Covid-19’s impact. They tell us how their jobs have affected them


It feels like he’s just fallen asleep when Kila Sibisi, 38, opens his eyes to another fresh, winter morning. Ahead of him lies another day of gravedigging. 

He washes, eats and kisses his partner and little girl goodbye, before taking a taxi in Pimville, Soweto, to the Westpark Cemetery, north of the Melville Koppies, 23km away.

Sibisi works with three other gravediggers in the Muslim section of the cemetery, which, unlike those of other religious denominations, also contains the graves of those who have died from infectious diseases. Those whose deaths were caused by coronavirus have CD (coronavirus death) marked on their graves, while PCD stands for possible corona death. ..

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