Janazah conditions in the time of COVID-19

So as we know, South Africans have been confronted with a new reality of a complete national shutdown from midnight on Friday morning to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The figures for COVID19 continues to rise, with todays stats showing there are 554 positive cases in South Africa – something which we should all be concerned about.

One of the most frequently asked questions this past week following government’s announcement of the Disaster Management regulations is how Muslim janazahs will be carried out. At first, we were told funerals must have less than 100 people, in accordance with the president’s advisory on social distancing. But of course, that rule will change under the lockdown conditions.

Besides the actual numbers, there is also the matter of dealing with the mayet.

Can a person who has died of COVID-19 infect others? The answer to this is a resounding yes, according to the experts. So this is why tonight’s topic is vitally important.

Thus far, very little clarity has been given by authorities on this very matter, and that is something we hope to uncover in Burning Issue this evening.

We hope to take some calls on 021 442 3530 and your messages via SMS: 47913 or WhatsApp: 072 238 0712

Joining me in-studio, is Mr Ebrahim Solomon, chairperson of the Western Cape Muslim Undertakers Forum. Due to our social distancing policy instudio, we only have one guest