Claims of body sales at Bara probed

2012-08-14 22:47

Johannesburg - The reported selling of the bodies of patients who had died at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital is being investigated, a health official said on Tuesday.

"Clearly there is something illegal happening there and we are getting the police to assist in the investigation," said Gauteng health spokesperson Simon Zwane.

On Tuesday, the Sowetan reported that dead bodies from the hospital were being sold to unregistered funeral undertakers by the mortuary staff.

According to the paper, undertakers paid staff R50 for a list detailing the deceased patients' names and their next-of-kin details.

They then use the list to contact their family members and accompany them to the hospital to collect the body and have the body released to the undertakers for burial.

They paid R150 for each body. The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA in Gauteng said it was "disgusted" and "deeply disturbed" by the practice.

"We call on Bara management to act decisively and urgently in dealing with the matter," said spokesperson Simphiwe Gada.

"This clearly demonstrates the greedy nature of capitalism, where people capitalise on other people's loss, driven by capitalist desires and greed."

  • lownabester - 2012-08-14 23:06

    How sick can you get, but this is Africa for you with all these funny witchdoctors.

      art5SA - 2012-08-15 06:05

      R50-00 for a cadaver.... How SICK IS THIS BRU????????????

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-15 07:04

      This is greed by undertakers for "clients". They make money by holding the funeral service and thereby charging the families for their service. This is very twisted indeed.There are also unclaimed bodies, so who is to say that these are not sold for witchcraft?

      carpejugulim - 2012-08-15 07:56

      Just how low will people now stoop to make an extra buck? Raises the issue of "lead by example" all over again

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-15 12:42

      Ancestors, tokoloshes, witchcraft, muti and cannibalism.

  • sheila.grobler - 2012-08-14 23:08

    TIA - This Is Africa... they have called on the police to investigate??!! hahahaha the police are more than likely in on the scam already!!!!!!!!

      art5SA - 2012-08-15 06:07

      I like that chirp...T.I.A...... LOL! Says ALOT!

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-08-14 23:14

    Really now? Capitalism? Did i heard u workingright? Capitalism is also responsible for your dumbness as well

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-14 23:29

      Yeah, and that self same person who is now so anti-capitalist probably also went on strike for higher wages!

      fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-08-15 07:35

      Melusi now that apartheid cannot be the guilt for everything it is capitalism. I love your last sentence.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-14 23:18

    Just a metaphor for the inherent sickness of this country. Now I would like to see the same revulsion and condemnation of this type of thing from the same people who were so outspoken about the Trooi couple. And then for the police to make some arrests, the courts to find them guilty, them thrown in jail and no early release either.

  • yandiswa.kweyama - 2012-08-14 23:23

    Pathetic if you ask me.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-08-15 13:51

      And for some reason I'm not shocked at all

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-08-14 23:28

    If the hospital mortuary is full because people do not fetch the bodies on time. It is the hosp responsibility to find alternative arrangement not for benefit of individuals.

      silas.mapuroma - 2012-08-15 02:21

      Patients are no longer looked after, I lost few families because the staff get paid if patients die in their presents or been promised the money if passed away, some patients are given pain killers until the conditions deterorate and who cares

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-14 23:31

    \This clearly demonstrates the greedy nature of capitalism, where people capitalise on other people's loss, driven by capitalist desires and greed.\ Got nothing to do with capitalism. This is about the greedy nature of the employers and the ANC in particular. Plus the total lack of a moral code in the country!!!

      luvo.luvos - 2012-08-15 08:07

      I knew that some dumb head was gonna drag the ANC into this. This has got to do with moral decay of society of which the rling party can't anything about.

      peter.grant.1023611 - 2012-08-15 13:18

      @luvos except lead the way

  • Erna - 2012-08-14 23:43

    If there is a way to make money illegally our people will participate in it! No respect or caring for their fellow human beings. This has got nothing to do with 'capitalist' greed but everything to do with 'criminal' greed.

      emile.marais - 2012-08-15 06:13

      ''This has got nothing to do with 'capitalist' greed but everything to do with 'criminal' greed.'' This fool will probably call it the same thing. Funny, there is crime and greed in Communist countries too - most of it being committed by the vanguard parties!

  • mzukisi.sinxoshe - 2012-08-15 00:01

    Bayaphi UBUNTU

      ziphok1 - 2012-08-15 08:08

      I don't understand why the thumbs down. Maybe some people doesn't like what they don't know lol.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-08-15 00:23

    Is there anything the skelems wont do for a free buck? These people are sick, but then again the leaders of this country isnt setting very good examples of how we South Africans should conduct ourselves. Its like, anything goes, what the hell.

      Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-08-15 06:34

      Do we really have to blame the government of all the wrong things that are happening in this country? You people should stop pointing fingers and try to be part of solutions

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-15 07:09

      @Nhlanhla Zondi - this is a state hospital, so the government is to blame.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-15 08:00

      @ Nhlanhla Zondi You know when a company does bad management is to blame , When a country does bad government is to blame. Simple as that ask someone witha brain to explain to you please

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 13:44

      Nhlanhla, if good and decent people are employed, instead of filling up a quota system, these things can't happen. So yes, actually the government is to blame.

  • mihaip007 - 2012-08-15 01:53

    This hospital has been in the spotlight for so many wrong reasons I am gatvol to hear about it...

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-15 07:08

      It's actualy a shame as they have the best facilities in the southern hemisphere.But alas they don't have the type of people to actually run it properly.This is a state hospita, so the buck stops with the government and health minister.

  • SunblushStarfish - 2012-08-15 02:05

    You know they're doing it. And you know they've been doing it for YEARS! Bloody muti and $%^&*( that these idiots think is going to solve their love life, cure AIDS and get them money and favour with their "ancestors". It is a crying shame what goes on in SA.

      Barefoot - 2012-08-15 07:47

      did ov even bother to read the article before commenting?

  • Tyney Mokhabuki - 2012-08-15 02:50

    It is really a shame that South Africa, as a country, has resorted to such. What happened to the spirit of caring for each other? The love for the people? I fail to understand the desperation that our people are going through in order to resort to such acts! Something must be done about Africa...such a rich land, but full of 'inhumane' practices! This is not how life must be lived.

  • juannepierre - 2012-08-15 05:17

    Oh my, how shocking. Of, wait, that hospital. Never mind.

      kevin.papo1 - 2012-08-15 07:55

      in public service we ussaully hearing this kind of issues n bara always is on top i remember 2008 ,pregnency woman wer losing bbys bcus of shortage of meterial

  • danwill.theys - 2012-08-15 05:58

    And here I was thinking life was cheap turns out death is even cheaper

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-15 06:36

    Been happening for ages and not only small funeral homes involved. Death is big money in SA. R45.00 a month gets you a cover for +- R20000.00 so that's what these companies are after. Every hospital and Police Mortuaries are involved in this so Guy no Shock here.

  • godesha - 2012-08-15 06:49

    What next? Just when you think you've heard it all, something like this makes the news.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-15 07:26

    This is disgusting, but also shows that The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA in Gauteng has not the foggiest idea of what capitalism is. The same can (and perhaps has) happened under communism, socialism and dictatorships. Man's greed know no politics.

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-08-15 07:33

    Some people are shameless...SHaME ON THEM!

  • elizabeth.bothma.58 - 2012-08-15 07:37

    "On Tuesday, the Sowetan reported that dead bodies from the" I'm so glad its 'dead' bodies and not life ones. Dont they proof read?

  • kmaruma - 2012-08-15 07:37

    We really live in a sick society

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-15 07:50

    This only the tip of the iceberg. Hospital officials are turning a blind eye because they are also on the take. There are many hospitals and many more sangomas!

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-08-15 07:55

    @John Markham: your racist comments on News24 are really getting lame! Is your mind that shallow? Do you see race in every article posted? Have you no shame John? I would be disgusted at myself if I were you with such a limited view of the world around you. There's more to life than race chief. You're obsessed with the past, get over it! Move on!

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-15 07:56

    Trust africans to find corruption in every corner they are in

      luvo.luvos - 2012-08-15 08:11

      Umnqund'wakho sir !!!

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-08-15 08:05

    This is the lowest level anyone can get to. The first time I've ever heard about this was back in 1998 involving staff from Bisho Hospital in the Eastern Cape. Some people have decided to make a living out of this filthy practice. To the dumbos out there, this cannot be attributed to the ANC but to the general decay of society.

      dickson.inu - 2012-08-15 08:32

      I dont see anything with this, because they dead will still end in the funeral parlors, what we should worry about is the states of the hospital to attend to living patients and helping them to get well with better medical care. Dicko

  • illuminatedj - 2012-08-15 08:33

    R45.00 per dead body death is cheap

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-15 08:56

    Body parts for 'muti' and we want to be part of the first world. What a savage joke.

  • werner.brynard - 2012-08-15 09:27

    This is not about muti, and it is definitely not the only place it is happening. I am a funeral director myself, and I refuse to pay their bribes. This is just another form of fraud, and it should be exposed right across South Africa.

  • johan.rousseau.5 - 2012-08-15 13:29

    The sale of 'bodies' would unfortunately continue until Government decides and realises sommething needs to be done about the regulation of the funeral industry. A process was started by the SACC and myself in 2001 which was supported by the public whom voted 87% in favour thereof on national television but yet Government has failed to deliver on their plea which affects both consumers and industry participants. The amounts mentioned is a small amount vs our 48 month research which proved that parlours pays bribes of up to 10% of the funeral value which if calculated may exeed R1000-00 per body at the expense of berieved and often poor members of our society.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 13:36

    Next they will be selling the blooming hospital.

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-08-15 21:12

    May your forefathers never hear of this. Greed before honor and respect.

  • jmaliks - 2012-08-15 23:38

    well one willl ask if this people are proud of running such a business. wether they r. uder paid or wat this is shows that this country hs turned into a satanism coutry .

  • George Loubser - 2013-04-02 18:24

    I would have never believed it until Friday when my friends wife phoned me and told me her husbands body was illegal removed from JHB Gen

  • Mary Hinge - 2013-12-16 14:21

    If body parts are being used to assist with healing others, then why the fuss ? If for primitive superstitions, then NO.

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