POLICE are investigating a threatening voice mail message left on the phone of an Eastern Cape man who has been championing the regulation of the funeral industry.
Johan Rousseau, founder of the United Funeral Association of South Africa, has been living in fear after a threatening voice mail left last week Tuesday.
Police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Namhla Mdleleni confirmed that a case of "threatening to murder" is being probed.
Rousseau is in the process of drafting a regulatory bill for Gauteng for a turnaround strategy that involves the transformation and development of the funeral industry.
The industry submitted a petition to former president Nelson Mandela and the South African Council of Churches, with Rousseau's assistance, conducted a 48-month long research project into challenges in the funeral industry.
The findings were made public, resulting in an outcry, with many people supporting regulating the funeral industry.
Rousseau said this was the second threat of violence made against him in the 25 years he has been working in the funeral industry. In November 2007, his family was held at gunpoint by unknown men in their Gauteng home and Rousseau was told he would be killed if he continued his work.