'Did we just dig like 952,000 too many graves?': Mzansi reacts to those Covid graves

09 July 2020 - 14:13 By Jessica Levitt
Grave diggers seen working during an on-site visit by Dr Bandile Masuku, MEC of health in Gauteng, to the Honingnestkrans cemetery in Tshwane where Covid-19 burials will take place as and when required.
Grave diggers seen working during an on-site visit by Dr Bandile Masuku, MEC of health in Gauteng, to the Honingnestkrans cemetery in Tshwane where Covid-19 burials will take place as and when required.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi/Sunday Times

First there was panic.

Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku said on Wednesday the province was preparing grave sites for potential mass burials as Covid cases spike.

1.5 million grave sites to be exact.

Mzansi was shooketh.

Then there was confusion.

The City of Joburg said provision for 1.4 million graves for any deaths had been made available.

The Gauteng health department also U-turned saying “over a million graves refers to the collective capacity municipalities can take”.

The, er, error and panic didn't slip past unnoticed.


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