Hearses Used in South Africa for Protest

November 26, 2008 | | Comments 0

Funeral directors in South Africa are planning to use their hearses and funeral cars in a protest to make their voice heard.

Michael Jwambi, a funeral owner of Nothemba, was tragically gunned down earlier this month. Many funeral directors believe taxi owners in the region are to blame for the tragic death. For years, the taxi owners have threatened the funeral directors and blocked them from transporting bodies in hearses to the Eastern Cape. This is just one aspect of a long battle between the two groups.

There were more than 2,000 mourners at the funeral of the slain man. Sandile Ngxamngxa, an official with the Unicity Funeral Directors Association in South Africa, told the audience that they would “not be bullied by taxi owners” and they would continue to do their job. He also stated in an interview with City Vision that the taxi drivers continue to threaten them and “making their lives miserable.”

Many funeral directors plan to park their hearses at the front door of parliament in hopes that President Kgalema Motlanthle will hear their grievances and do something about the problem. We’ll keep an eye on this story and see what happens.

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