Lat week, the National Funeral Practitioners’ Association of South Africa (Nafupa SA) warned that no Indian or white-owned companies would be permitted to conduct funerals in black African townships in the greater Durban area from 1 February.
KZN MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs Sihle Zikalala intervened in the dispute calling for calm but also acknowledged that the industry needed to be transformed.
Secretary-General for Nafupa, Nkosentsha Shezi, talks to Stephen Grootes from KZN about the issue.
Shezi says the decision was taken after an analysis of the economic distribution in the funeral industry and the demographics of the country.
The white and Indian funeral practitioners have a reserved market that we cannot penetrate that may be largely due to the legacy of apartheid.— Nkosentsha Shezi, Secretary-General for Nafupa
Generally, people would not be attracted to live there, but these Indian and white-owned funeral companies only come to the townships to steal away the little economic opportunitiesthat could be utilised by people in these areas to build the economy.— Nkosentsha Shezi, Secretary-General for Nafupa
He urges these people to rather come and be part of the community so that they can be part of the fabric of the areas.
Accused of racism, Shezi defends the position of Nafupa. take a listen below:
This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] KZN Funeral Association responds to allegations of a race row