Family force ‘go fast’ at mortuary

2018-12-12 06:02


FRUSTRATIONS at not being able to get the body of their loved one for burial resulted in a large, armed crowd of family members storming Fort Napier mortuary last week.

Guns were drawn at mortuary workers who have been on a go-slow for weeks.

Sources at the mortuary said a contingent of about 50 grieving people, some of whom were apparently armed, barged into the mortuary last week and demanded the body of a family member that had been lying in the mortuary for days. The showdown occurred as the bodies continue to pile up at the mortuary.

A source who was at the mortuary when the incident took place, said they had no choice but to comply with the instructions of the family members.

“We had no choice as our lives were in danger,” said the source.

Members of the National Health Education & Allied Workers’ Union have since opened a case of inciting violence against Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, whom they say had turned bereaved families against them.

“Since the go-slow started, Dhlomo has been making media statements that Nehawu members are to blame for the bereaved families not being able to bury their loved ones and has encouraged them to come and get bodies of their loved ones.

“After last week’s incident, a full force of about 40 police officers arrived here and took all the documentation and we do not know where they took that to,” said a Nehawu member who is not authorised to speak to the media.

Neither the KZN Department of Health nor the police responded to queries.

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