‘Burying our clients’ loved ones with dignity is our priority’
Some funeral homes have refused to take part in shutdown, saying they won’t be used in fight with government
For funeral parlour director Ndabe Ngcobo, providing a dignified send-off for his clients’ loved ones trumps any battle his industry has with the government.
Ngcobo, of Durban’s Ndabe Dignified Funerals, was one of the few service providers in the city who kept his doors open on Monday, despite a call by the Unification Task Team (UTT) to shut down all funeral parlours. Ngcobo was accosted outside his establishment by UTT members for remaining open.
“We are providing an essential service and as such we cannot go on strike. Imagine a situation where a family member loses their loved one and makes a call to us to come and pick up the body, and our response is that we can’t come because we are on strike. Think of the emotional trauma and level of hurt that family will experience,” Ngcobo, who is also the vice-president of the SA Funeral Practitioners’ Association (Safpa), told Times Select after the incident. ..