The city of Johannesburg on Thursday moved to clarify reports that suggested more than a million graves had been dug.
Mayoral spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase told TimesLIVE that the city had made provision for a total of 1.4 million graves for “any deaths”.
“These are serviced as and when a burial must take place and not prior.”
Gauteng health department spokesperson Kwara Kekana said there were “not more than a million already open, dug graves”, saying that number refers to the collective capacity of municipalities.
“The department is continuing to improve and increase both the infrastructure and human resource capacity of the health system to deal with the increasing pressure from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We understand that the subject of death is an uncomfortable matter to engage in. However, ensuring that there is adequate burial space in the province unfortunately forms part of the reality government must contend with in the battle against Covid-19.”
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