Govt mortuary in bad state: report

By Drum Digital
12 December 2014

The Northern Cape health department is putting measures in place to prevent the Kuruman Hospital mortuary from further collapse.

The Northern Cape health department is putting measures in place to prevent the Kuruman Hospital mortuary from further collapse, it was reported on Friday.

"As a department we are taking full responsibility. Every system is in place to avoid the same situation from repeating itself," health MEC Mac Jack told SAfm.

The Daily Sun had reported that residents were complaining about the state of the mortuary.

According to the newspaper, residents had said blood was running in the streets from the mortuary and that its fridges were broken.

"I arrived at the mortuary looking for a lost relative. There was no access control and there were no staff members on the premises," Arnold Pule was quoted as telling the newspaper.

"I saw an uncovered body on the table and a body in a broken fridge. Other bodies lay in fridges with the doors open."

Civil rights organisation AfriForum had laid a charge against the Kuruman Hospital's manager Agnes Sesing, AfriForum provincial co-ordinator Stefan Pieterse said in a statement on Friday.

"AfriForum demands incarceration of 10 years for Ms Sesing for her gross negligence," he said.

The charge was brought under section 24 of the Constitution and the National Environmental Waste Management Act, he said.

Section 24 pertains to the right to a healthy environment and the right to protection of the environment.

Pieterse said people in positions of power should be held accountable in their personal capacity when the health of the community is at risk.

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