FEDERATION OF FUNERAL PROFESSIONALS OF SOUTH AFRICA (FFPSA) POSITION STATEMENT ON NAFUPA SA CONDUCT

The FFPSA has over recent weeks made several attempts to engage NAFUPA SA in meaningful discussions to address the many issues of industry transformation raised by them.

Our efforts to interact and engage NAFUPA SA were made directly by the FFPSA as a representative industry body on behalf of its affiliates and indirectly as a stakeholder and member of the Steering Committee which was created by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Mr. Sihle Zikalala.

NAFUPA SA’s leaders has however consistently demonstrated a lack of commitment to cooperate and/or to enter into meaningful discussions with other stakeholders. On 13 February 2018, NAFUPA SA leaders walked out of a Steering Committee meeting which was conducted by the provincial government and on various occasions, NAFUPA SA’s members have violated the terms of an interdict which was obtained against them in the High Court.

It is clear to the FFPSA and its affiliates that NAFUPA SA has no intention of finding amicable solutions to the issues which led them to call for a ban on so-called white and Indian owned funeral undertakers who conduct funerals in townships and rural areas. Their leaders’ reluctance to cooperate with other industry role-players has confirmed the suspicion that their calls to for “radical economic transformation” is nothing more than a devious smokescreen to hide their own commercial interests. The FFPSA condemn NAFUPA SA’s demeanour and public utterances in the strongest possible terms and we regard same as senseless, racially prejudiced and unconstitutional.

The FFPSA however remains committed to serve the bests interests of all South Africans through good governance and the exercising of control over its affiliates and hence we shall continue to cooperate with the authorities and other stakeholders to find mutually beneficial solutions to issues which may hinder us in achieving our objectives.

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14 FEBRUARY 2018