Imbali woman frustrated over burial order

2016-01-21 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The filing system at the Azalea burial office.

PHOTO: supplied The filing system at the Azalea burial office.

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AFRUSTRATED Imbali woman­ is to take legal action against the municipality after­ being unable to locate her daughter’s grave at Azalea cemetery, and the local burial office has no record of her death despite being in possession of a burial order.

Nonto Madlala from Imbali Unit 3, buried her stillborn child, Neza Mthembu, in the cemetery in 2006, and had not been there until November 2015 when she wanted to perform a traditional ceremony for her and three relatives, who were also buried at the cemetery.

The traditional ceremony has been put on hold until her daughter’s grave is found. Madlala said when the death of her baby occurred she was too distraught to notice­ where her daughter had been buried, but was however, confident that she would get the record from the burial office.

She had planned to perform a traditional ceremony for her four dead loved ones last year, but because she had not been to the cemetery in years she had to confirm the grave site numbers with the office.

“However, the only grave they could not trace was my daughter’s.

“I spent four days with them going through their manual filing system which dates back to 1963 to present time, but my daughter’s name was not there.

While most burials at the cemetery are pauper burials, I had bought the grave site, and this bothers­ me because this happened even though I had paid for the service­s.”

Madlala said despite approaching the municipality’s parks and recreation department on numerous occasions since last year, she has been unable to get an explanation about the matter.

“As a black person I believe there are rituals that need to be performed for the deceased, but how am I to do this if I don’t even know where her grave is.

“If the local office does not have records, it is possible that someone else might have been buried in the same grave.

“Because the municipality is not giving me answers, I’m forced to seek legal advice. While the administration staff assisted me, I am also concerned about the manual filing system which has been operating for more than 40 years there, and which has no sequence.”

Msunduzi municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said they will consult the complainant for further investigations.

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