Mayor apologises to Hindus

2013-12-09 00:00

MAYOR Chris Ndlela has apologised to the Hindu community following the use of four calf carcasses in testing one of the cremators at the city’s Mountain Rise Crematorium.

The incident angered the Hindu faithful, who revere cows and do not eat beef.

“We want to convey our sincere apologies to the entire Hindu community.

“We further categorically put it on record that this exercise was not sanctioned by the council and was never brought to the attention of the council before it was carried out,” he said at a press conference on Friday.

Ndlela said the Executive Committee (Exco) has requested municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi to investigate the matter.

“If any of our officials are found to have exceeded their official mandate, action will have to be taken against them,” he said.

Ndlela said they were concerned about the state-of-the-art cremators that have malfunctioned since the first day of operations.

“Exco has directed the municipal manager to commission a full investigation on this matter,” he said.

They will be investigating whether the scope of work was adequate or terms of reference were adequate to meet the requirements of a fully functioning crematorium — and if the scope of work or terms of reference met the requirements, whether the work done and completed was according to the scope of work, said Ndlela.

They will also investigate the reasons why the cremators malfunctioned and recommend solutions to the council.

He said they directed Nkosi to have this investigation completed and the report be ready by the end of January next year.

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