SA lockdown: Cogta announces changes to funeral regulations

File: Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the amendments will enhance the national integrated response measures and clarify the application of the regulations in funeral arrangements.

File: Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the amendments will enhance the national integrated response measures and clarify the application of the regulations in funeral arrangements.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans are now allowed to travel to other provinces for funerals.

But they will need to obtain a permit and be a close family member of the deceased, said Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

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The maximum number of funeral attendants still remains at 50.

Dlamini-Zuma said the amendments will enhance the national integrated response measures and clarify the application of the regulations.

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Only the following persons, who live outside a province or metropolitan and district areas, may attend a funeral:

(i) spouse or partner of the deceased;

(ii) children of the deceased, whether biological, adopted or stepchildren. 

(iii) children-in-law of the deceased;

(iv) parents of the deceased whether biological, adopted or step parents;

(v) siblings, whether biological, adopted or stepbrother or sister of the deceased;

(vi) grandparents of the deceased; and

(vii) persons closely affiliated to the deceased. 

The current prohibition of 50 persons attending a funeral is still in operation. The holding of night vigils is still prohibited.

The permit may be obtained from:

- A Magistrate who is the head of office or

- a station commander of a police station or a person designated by him or her

In order to obtain a permit:

A magistrate who is the head of office or a station commander of a police station or a person designated by him or her must be provided with a death certificate or a certified copy of a death certificate;

A permit holder may stay at a hotel, lodge or guest house for the duration of the funeral or cremation. The permit must be presented to the owner or manager of the hotel, lodge or guest house.

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