Society fails to bury members

2016-08-18 06:00


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A Khayelitsha family is yet another victim of a burial society that has failed to pay out its members after a claim.

The family of Mziwanele Genu, 28, of eNdlovini says they were crushed when they were told by both their burial societies that no funds were available to bury their son.

Genu’s mother, Khungeka Mqutywa said that she has been left despondent by the news that Luvo Burial Society was cash strapped.

Her sister Nomasomi Genu’s Ikhwezi Burial Society also failed to pay out.

Ikhwezi is a subsidiary of Luvo Burial Society .

“They have both told us that they do not have the money to bury my son because too many people had claimed.

Why were they not saving and how do they think we are going to bury my son,” said the heartbroken mother.
Genu was tragically killed after being hit by a train on Monday 08 August at the Ysterplaat Station while he was coming from his job as a cleaner.

Mqutywa said that three days after her son’s death, she applied for a claim at the society, only to receive a text message telling her that there was no money to bury her son.

She said this confused her as she has been paying her premiums of R150 every month since 2012 when she joined the society.

She said that she was expecting a payout of R8000 and her sister was waiting for R10000 which they both didn’t get.

She said that they have been forced to find other means to bury Genu and that his funeral will be more expensive as his wish was to be buried in Mthatha.

“We are so sad that we are now in the very same problem that we were trying to avoid by joining a burial society.

These societies have more than 100 members, where did all the money go?” asked Mqutywa.

The person who is said to be the chairperson of both the schemes, Mr Dyakobi, was unreachable on the phone but his next in command told City Vision that they were working on solution to the problem.

Nosapho Kukiso said that they had cash flow problems as many members had claimed and couldn’t pay out.

“There are about nine other members that couldn’t have their people buried because of lack of funds. We are having a big problem but we are trying to address it,” she conceded.

She said that she was currently in the EC to handle a personal matter and was hoping to return before the end of the week.

“We feel their pain as I was also one of the people who couldn’t get their beneficiaries buried as the scheme was struggling in January this year.

“I’m going to call the chairperson to sort this out as soon as possible,” he explained.

Mqutywa said that she was worried that she may not be buried when she also dies and wishes to get reimbursed.

“You will never know what happens to to you once you die,” she lamented.

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