Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, spoke to South Africans on Thursday night about the new laws for funerals and taxi transport.
The initial regulations stated that taxis should not be half full. It has now been relaxed that taxis can be up to 70%-full and passengers are advised to wear masks when transported in taxis the Minister said.
The other controversial issue was about traveling for funerals across provincial borders the Minister said.
In the initial regulations, we did not say anything about how people should travel for funerals, but the regulations made it clear that only people who need to provide essential services would be allowed to travel between provinces says, Minister Zuma.
The amendment now states that close relatives such as the husband or wife of the deceased, the deceased’s children (biological or adopted) or if the deceased were someone’s guardian. The daughter-in-law and grandchildren are also allowed, as well as siblings of the deceased and the deceased’s grandparents.