City increases capacity at cemeteries for Muslim burials

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The City of Cape Town is now working closely with the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) to increase burial capacity at cemeteries for Muslim burials in Cape Town.

City MayCo member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien, said Cape Town’s cemeteries currently accommodate approximately 150 Muslim burials per month.

“The City respects all residents’ religious rights and therefore works actively with the MJC to ensure Islamic burial rights, particularly in terms of a Muslim’s right to be buried on the same day of death,” Badroodien added.

He said that the City’s cemeteries with Muslim allotments are Muizenberg, Dido Valley, Ocean View, Klip Road, Maitland, Atlantis, Delft, Wallacedene, Welmoed, Khayelitsha, and Kleinvlei.

Badroodien explained: “COVID-19 has increased the number of janazahs per month, which has caused space to fill quickly and has led to the City opening up more space for our Maitland Cemetery. Until now, Klip Road Cemetery has been the preferred burial site, but regrettably, the Muslim allotment at this site has been exhausted.”

The City has created a new Muslim burial block at the Maitland Cemetery that can accommodate a further 837 graves. This is said to be in addition to the burial blocks that were created for all denominations last year, as part of the City’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The City is working with the MJC to ensure that burials happen timeously, with dignity and in line with the City’s operations. To this end, we appeal to the Muslim community to please try and bury during working hours where possible and before sunset, in the interest of funeral-goers’ safety, but also City staff,” Badroodien added.

He explained that the MJC has provided Area Coordinators to facilitate the burial documentation after hours when the City’s cemetery offices are closed.

“Payment for the grave before burial is mandatory for everyone who uses the City’s cemeteries,” Badroodien said.

The City does make special arrangements for Muslim burials to be facilitated until sunset and does not charge after-hours tariffs.

Enquiries about the City’s cemeteries can be directed to area offices between 07:30 and 16:00, Monday to Friday or via email: Cemetery.Administration@capetown.gov.za

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  1. Do Muslims have separate burial areas to accommodate same-day burials only, or are they also not allowed to be buried among the rest of us?

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