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HOME AFFAIRS TO WORK 24/7 TO DEAL WITH DEATHS

By PHEPHILE MOTAU | 2021-01-13

Mbabane DEATH certificates and permits for extensions of the mandated three days of burial will now be issued every day of the week, in less than 24 hours and will be free of charge. This follows the directives issued by the Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku on January 7 about deceased being buried within three days. Nkululeko Dlamini, the Acting Principal Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs said death certificates will be issued on a daily basis including weekends for burials to be undertaken within three days. Registering a death was previously E5. Dlamini said services would be provided by all service centres throughout the regions and priority would be given to the issuance of death certificates among other services provided by the ministry. “Permits for burial to be undertaken after the mandated three days period will also be issued on a daily basis, including weekends,” Dlamini said. He further said application forms were available on the government Website (www.gov.sz/governmentdocuments) and home affairs regional service centres. He added that enquiries and permit application form requests could be done on the WhatsApp number +268 7606 3938. Safety Dlamini specified the operating hours as being 8am to 4pm on Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dlamini said to ensure safety of staff and public, all service centres would be fumigated periodically and said law enforcement agencies would ensure compliance with COVID-19 regulations at the ministry’s service centres. He requested traditional leaders to assist with the speedy burials and ensure public adherence to COVID-19 protocols at all times. “The public is requested to bear with government in instances where a local service centre is unavailable due to lack of network or being fumigated as a result of COVID-19 cases. This arrangement is for the duration of the 14 days to be reviewed as COVID-19 directives change,” Dlamini said. REQUIREMENTS FOR DEATH CERTIFICATE: Death registration – current registration is within 60 days (in case of late registration a requesting affidavit is required) 1. Death occurred at Health Facility; n Certification of cause of death. n Deceased’s Birth Certificate n Identity card of the deceased n Identity card of the person registering the death. n A document (i.e. a Birth Certificate) that links the deceased with the informant. 2. Death occurred at Home n Letter from Umphakatsi, with official stamp, where deceased was resident n Deceased’s Birth Certificate n Identity card of the deceased. n Identity card of the person registering the death. n A document (i.e. a Birth Certificate) that links the deceased with the informant 3. Death has not occurred either at home or hospital n Police Report n Letter from umphakatsi acknowledging the death n Certificate can be registered without post mortem results 4. External Death Registration n Certification of cause of death issued by a doctor in the country where the deceased passed away. n Deceased should be Swati in terms of the Constitution n Birth certificate and ID card of deceased n Identity card of the person registering the death. n A document (i.e. a Birth Certificate) that links the deceased with the informant. n Deceased’s passport copy certified copy of passport page with particulars, photo and entry stamp (Registration under four only done at Head Quarters)

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