Mike Moriarty

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Finance

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the decision of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) to cap state funeral costs.

The DA notes however that the GPG has not yet finalised its policy and thus it remains to be seen what form this capping would take. But it is the right decision and clearly the provincial government has heeded our call to cut costs in respect of matters that are not related to core service delivery.

We would welcome a discussion with the GPG on the development of this policy, as such a policy ought to enjoy the support of all parties and should not become a divisive issue.

The discussion should deal with aspects such as whether the province should take responsibility for persons beyond our borders who are not members of the immediate family. The need for different scales of funerals and the various components of the ceremonies must also be considered.

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