Crematorium crisis in Pietermaritzburg

2012-01-24 12:20

Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi Municipality has malfunctioning crematoria and this has resulted in half-burned corpses being sent to Durban at the last minute to finish the procedure, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The Witness reported that the municipality first faced an ongoing saga of malfunctioning cremators, and then over the festive season a new problem arose - no staff to carry out cremations.

“A time of bereavement should be one of care and consideration for the families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. However, residents of Pietermaritzburg have had to endure the added stress of having to deal with malfunctioning or non-functioning crematoria,” Midland’s Hindu Society public relations officer Sherry Mahabeer said.

“In some cases, people have had to endure the traumatic experience of having to remove half-burned bodies and have the process completed elsewhere. This is not acceptable.”

Residents will hold a public meeting at Aryan Hall on Wednesday to address the municipality’s management of the Mountain Rise Crematorium.

The meeting has been called by the Midland’s Hindu Society - an umbrella body of Hindu religious organisations in the city, and the Msunduzi Rates Forum.

  • Kacee - 2012-01-24 12:32

    LOL, cant even get a simple fire right.

      Gavin - 2012-01-24 13:04

      Very insensitive Aish, human emotions run deep when losing a loved one. Failing crematoriums are completely 'unacceptable', and essentially it is a 'essential service'!

      Bardy - 2012-01-24 13:15

      Ah come on Gavin. Everyday we hear of this and that sad thing happening on News24. Can't you just see the funny side in a comment like this for once? There was no family indicated in the article so it was not directed at anyone. Geezz!!! Lighten up!

      procold2 - 2012-01-24 13:58

      although not a laughing matter i do see the funny side

      jeremy002 - 2012-01-24 15:03

      Hey Aish.... don't you mean 'Ash'?..... How do you describe a very elderly citizen who wants to be cremated when they die? One foot in the grate.....

  • Theunis - 2012-01-24 13:03

    I there no quality control

      angel.moonsamy - 2012-01-24 13:16

      Theunis , you Hillibilly Grow up

      angel.moonsamy - 2012-01-24 13:21

      Hilly Billy Get a life

  • Samantha - 2012-01-24 13:06

    OMG !!!!

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-01-24 13:13

    Is there NOTHING that these clowns can get right? (Apart from collecting outrageous salaries that is!) Viva ANC - Viva complete breakdown of society! Absolutely disgusting state of affairs.

      Cameronl - 2012-01-24 14:49

      as long as the masses who vote for these morons keep getting their free shirts on voting day, we`re pretty much screwed, I trully wish something, anything could be done about this ANC, they trully are the most pathetic party we have ever had in this country!

  • angel.moonsamy - 2012-01-24 13:15

    Why dont the Midlans hindu society together with all the Rich PMB Indian Businessmen solve this problem , Our Msunduzi council got its own problems . Surely we as Hindus , can band together and solve this problem ????

      MissGremlin - 2012-01-24 13:21

      funny you should raise this. In Zimbabwe, the fuel crisis meant that none of the crematoriums were working, and a international journalist who wanted to abide by his fathers last wish, approached the hindu's for assistance in performing a funeral pyre. (traditional cremation, and it took roughly 3 days, and a variety of different types of wood.) I realise you meant assist, as in financial assistance, but I recalled the story, and thought I would share it.

  • Max - 2012-01-24 13:25

    At least they know how to cook a steak medium when you ask for it and not over cook it.....I can think of a few restuarants that can employ them.

  • Moss - 2012-01-24 13:26

    Poor service delivery also affect the DEAD.Things are far worse.eerrr

  • Lee - 2012-01-24 13:51

    That is HORRIBLE. Imagine having to live with a memory of that instead of the feeling of putting a loved one to rest smoothly and peacefully. Really sad.

  • Derk - 2012-01-24 14:16

    they say undertaking is a dying business

  • Dave - 2012-01-24 14:17

    Another thing that doesn't work....... it is really not on!!

  • Se-Anne - 2012-01-24 14:27

    "Half burned bodies..." That is just disgusting! Forget about respect for the dead, what about the emotional trauma of the families?

  • Antoinette Strauss Snyders - 2012-01-24 14:54

    Masetjops!!! Ek gaan soooooo nie veras word nie!! Wie se as is nou wie sin?!

  • jeremy002 - 2012-01-24 15:09

    I once went to a funeral and during the road trip to the graveyard the hearse caught fire. Luckily a petrol attendant at a garage across the road ran over with a fire extinguisher and averted a total disaster. Anyway, we loaded the coffin into the back of a VW combi that happened to be in the funeral procession and carried on. At the gravesite outside Vereeniging some witty fellow passed a comment that it looked like "so-and-so" actually wanted to be cremated. I was rather hard pressed to keep my laughter under control and had to walk away for a few minutes. Always good to see the humour in a situation.

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