The Muslim community in Cape Town, South Africa should expect to pay more for burial services if their relatives die of Covid-19, as the
chairman of the Western Cape Undertakers Forum, Ebrahim Solomon, says that costs of Covid-related janazahs have increased due to new protocols.
Janazah is a Muslim funeral prayer forming part of the Islamic funeral ritual where bier or a coffin is used to transport and bury the body of a dead person.
Mr. Solomon said they now need to wash the body at a particular location if it’s a Covid-19-related death, which could cost R300 and R400 more if it’s after sunset.
He disclosed that burials have changed tremendously since the beginning of the pandemic “simply because there are more janazahs in a day”.
He added that the disinfection and sanitisation is also extra cost as they now need to go into full PPE (gear) when collecting the bodies and washing the bodies.
“Cemeteries also charge up to R500 more for a grave booking if it’s a Covid burial. I’ve done more funerals for the month of June than what I’ve done for the whole of 2019.”
Faizel Sayed, secretary of the Mowbray Muslim Cemetery, said the amount of graves booked since the pandemic started has increased.
Said revealed that: “At one point we had 30 graves on standby and within a couple of days, those graves were all used. Currently, we are digging five graves per day in these adverse weather conditions and all five are being used per day.”