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EDITORIAL | We need to let unscrupulous funeral service ...


EDITORIAL | We need to let unscrupulous funeral service providers RIP

The heart of the problem is the lack of regulation in an industry that is a thriving environment for unethical operators


Mock funerals, heated arguments and a few altercations marked day one of a national three-day protest by some black funeral undertakers to be recognised and legalised in an industry they say is still dominated by a white minority and a handful of black elites.

The Unification Task Team gave notice last week to the national department of health (DOH) of a strike that caused chaos at hospitals, morgues and funeral homes and left grieving families bereft, after it failed to reach an agreement on the outsourcing of mortuary facilities owned by black funeral undertakers.

It follows a deadlock over talks and regulations by the DOH, which requires all mortuary businesses to have valid certificates of competence before being allowed to transport a body from a public or private hospital...

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