Mass funeral proposed by Councillor for deceased in Nazareth

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On Tuesday, 26 April, an eThekwini ward councillor called for a mass funeral. Bongani Ngubane asked the Department of Social Development to help arrange a mass funeral for the 26 people who died in the recent floods.

Councillor wants a mass funeral for the 26 deceased residents in Nazareth

The deceased resided in Nazareth, Pinetown. Ngubane stated that he would like for there to be one big funeral with a marquee tent to avoid protests from other areas in the ward.

“We would like to do a mass funeral: have one big funeral with a marquee tent because at this rate, we will end up having protests from the different areas in the ward [from people] who complain that I’m not visible to them,”

Bongani Ngubane, ward councillor in eThekwini

Ngubane has suggested using a large marquee tent for the mass funeral. Photo: Chloe Roberts / Flickr

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The councillor explained that he has yet to discuss the mass funeral idea with the affected families. He did, however, insist that it was for the best. Ngubane went on to explain how one mass funeral would be easier, especially for those who lost several people.

“It will reduce the pressure on the council and will give me time to go and fundraise for these 3,000 people who don’t have clothes and food as we speak,” Ngubane said with regard to the mass funeral.

Story of the Majola family is heartbreaking

The Majola family is one whose struggle has been felt throughout the community. Only one family member survived the horror of the floods when their home was swallowed by a mudslide.

Ngubane explained that the Majola father left his home to rescue an elderly woman. Moments after he returned home, his house was washed away with himself, his wife and children inside. The lone survivor of the Majola family was a 19-year-old who had his own room in an outside dwelling.

Survivors will receive aid – MEC for Social Development

MEC for Social Development Nonhlanhla Khoza shared that over 250 houses were damaged in Nazareth. According to Khoza, 60 homes were completely washed away, leaving a significant number of people homeless.

She stated that 196 survivors from Nazareth would be granted R1 980 once-off food vouchers. Adding that there would be social workers to assist survivors with working through their struggles, reports TimesLIVE.

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