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Zikalala helps after family denied to bury their loved one by a Chief

The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), MEC Sihle Zikalala is ensuring that the family denied to bury their loved by a Chief gets a dignified funeral.


Zikalala roped in several stakeholders to ensure that the funeral of the loved one was not delayed any further.

In a statement, Zikalala welcomed the intervention by the uMzumbe Local Municipality, which will cover the costs of the funeral of the Mkhungo family after the incident that occurred over the weekend where the family is alleged to have been refused the right to bury their mother in a parcel of land in uMthwalume, along the South Coast, by an Induna.

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“This incident led the family, to have to return the body of their loved one to the mortuary.”


Following the intervention by MEC Zikalala, who directed the department to investigate the matter, several interventions were rolled out by the provincial government to assist the family.

COGTA MEC Sihle Zikalala intervenes after a family was denied to bury their loved one. Photo: KZNCOGTA/ Facebook.

These interventions include:

“The uMzumbe Local Municipality will incur the costs for the funeral, which will now take place tomorrow, 18 August at a municipal cemetery.”


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Zikalala said the Mkhungo family welcomed his intervention as they prepare to lay their mother to rest.

It remains unknown why the Induna (Chief) of the area denied this family the right to lay their loved one to rest.

As a further intervention, onlookers have appealed to Zikalala to order protection for the family and while doing so, investigate the Induna and its leadership for abuse of power and authority in the area.