Closing the gate: death, dignity and distress in the rural Eastern Cape in the time of COVID Download
Published - 16 Apr 2021
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The study has been published as a research policy monograph and describes the trajectory of the popular response in the rural Eastern Cape, as bereaved families seeking some dignity and spiritual healing in their distress moved from anger, to negotiation and defiance, and, finally, resistance – even exhuming and reburying their dead. The report also offers a suite of policy recommendations on how the government may better collaborate with local people to mitigate the impacts of the present pandemic and help produce more appropriate responses in support of the cultural, health and social needs of communities on the ground.