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'Horrible' conditions at Pretoria morgues

2012-10-04 09:56

Pretoria - A report has surfaced detailing “horrible” conditions at morgues in Tshwane where bodies were piling up and some were even rotting.

A lack of supervision and incompetent investigators were also blamed for a situation which was compromising the health of morgue staffers, reported the Pretoria News.

Cold room doors were opened and closed too often, leading to some bodies “becoming rancid, making the place unbearable,” said one employee.

Some bodies were not claimed and left too long in cold rooms.  

At Ga-Rankuwa morgue storage facilities, bodies were piling up on the floor while being processed.

Some morgue staffers blamed investigators who took too long to process cases.  

A Nehawu spokesperson said workers were unnecessarily exposed to disease.

Comments
  • hendrikvs - 2012-10-04 10:31

    And who do we have to thank? Cancer once again!

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-10-04 10:41

    just another state instatute ,what do you expect ?

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-10-04 11:34

    what a shame. :(

  • gerhard.vermeulen.77 - 2012-10-04 11:43

    I see dead people. There is allot also in gov

  • jack.kukard - 2012-10-04 12:01

    Blame apartheid.....as usual....

      karen.t.hawkey - 2012-10-04 22:34

      nobody is blaming apartheid ... just the current incompetent government

  • deabreu - 2012-10-04 12:04

    "The Department of Arts and Culture has said putting a price to name changes is like putting a price to freedom." - This was the ANC response to the Millions it will cost us, the peasants, to start changing street name changes in Pretoria, BUT in the same city, putting a price on human dignity seems pretty close to zero!

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-10-04 12:21

    We live in 'heaven...' We 'heaven' got 'lectricity We 'heaven' got money We 'heaven' got houses We 'heaven' got car We 'heaven' got good health care We 'heaven' got 'edgimcation' But we "heav.." A report that has surfaced detailing “horrible” conditions at morgues in Tshwane where bodies were piling up and some were even rotting.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-04 14:03

      Amatambo You are so right thats funny!

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-10-04 12:44

    Wait... I smell a rat...

      Jaap - 2012-10-04 16:03

      Wikus, what you smell is: Unconscious incompetency; Irresponsibility and Wait for it .......... Unaccountability!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-04 13:57

    New law should be passed, periodic spot checks to be carried out on all mortuaries in South Africa. This isn't a new occurrence. Bet the loved ones have already paid the funeral parlours. Sick!

  • phileo.sophia.5 - 2012-10-04 14:09

    One of the first signs of the development of human culture was the way in which we treated the dead. The way in which this was done can be said to be the essence of the culture at the time. It seems, therefore, that today we live in a culture of apathy and neglect.

  • angelique.potgieter - 2012-10-04 15:08

    People, people, people. The "houding" in this country of our leaders and the affirmative action employees is of a laid back nature. Hurry up and wait is the slogan of this country. no wonder everything has backfired! After 17 years of apartheid freedom, there is now reverse racism, our education is of such a low grade it gives lower grade a new meaning, our services departments are non-existant and not even to mention the infighting in our parlaiment. It seems there is a new trend doing the rounds; one where a country leader is chosen, then not liked by the choosers, is then ousted like a horse taking the king in chess, in order for the horse to become king and so it goes. I love my country, but with everything in this country heading for EPIC FAILURE, i am considering leaving for greaner pastures, maybe Switzerland...

  • bearpup - 2013-04-04 10:16

    Taken as a fool when alive. Taken as a fool when dead.

  • Ernica Stanford - 2013-04-07 18:22

    Didn't I read earlier " Cosatu impressed with Tshwanes financials?" So shouldn't they be able to sort these problems out, unless it comes down to the same old story, incompetence.

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