Thapelo Sehapi, director of Better Care Funeral Services, said he joined the protest to make his voice heard.
“The government is really sidelining us [small funeral parlours] because we use PPE on a daily basis at our own expense. We have incurred many extra costs and received no subsidy, even though we play an important role during the pandemic,” he said.
Sehapi said in instances where a person died at home, they would fetch the body and later have a doctor examine it to determine the cause of the death - at the family’s cost.
“Things are worse now. They are adding pain to the bereaved family, because families also have to pay for the corpse to be tested for Covid-19. It's unfair to us,” he said.
Muzi Magubane, facilitator of the UTT in Soweto, echoed similar sentiments, adding small undertakers had been deprived of opportunities to grow.
Asked when they would halt the strike, Magubane responded: “We will stop when the government recognise us. We have said the strike is for three days, but if our pleas are not heard, we could go [on] - but we want it to end soon.”