State of bodies returned from Nigeria unveiled

2014-11-26 00:00

MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo yesterday revealed for the first time the conditions of the bodies of the South ­African citizen who died in Nigeria that were returned last week.

He revealed that the families only had access to the bodies an hour or two before burial because of the state the bodies were in.

Dhlomo said some of his staff had been with the families of the victims during the burial process and some had gone to ­Pretoria to assist with the repatriation.

He said his staff were at hand to assist the families wanting to view the bodies of their loved ones who died when a church building collapsed in Nigeria more than two months ago.

There had been rumours that those bodies had been in a severe state of ­decomposition when they arrived back.

“When families insisted on seeing their bodies, the families had to come to our forensic mortuary because the bodies were not allowed to be with people.”

He said: “The bodies left and hour or two before burial and they had to drive by that hall or church.”

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