Covid-19 test samples found dumped along N2 in Eastern Cape

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)
  • The samples were meant to be transported to the National Health Laboratory Services' Port Elizabeth centre.
  • A courier company has been asked to file a report of the incident.
  • The Eastern Cape health department and the NHLS have launched investigations into the shocking incident. 


Covid-19 test samples were found dumped on the N2 roadside between King William's Town and East London on Monday morning.

The Eastern Cape Department of Health and the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) have launched investigations into the shocking discovery.

NHLS area manager Tabita Makula said the NHLS business manager for the East London district visited the site, and collected the samples where it was dumped.

Makula said one of the samples had a label from Grey Hospital in King William's Town, which makes them believe the samples were captured at NHLS' Bhisho lab.

Makula said there are two testing centres in the province - one in East London and another situated in Port Elizabeth.

She confirmed the dumped samples were en route to the Port Elizabeth provincial testing centre.

Makula said: "Test samples are normally taken to Port Elizabeth centre when the East London centre does not have enough testing kits."

eNCA reported on Monday that hundreds of samples were discovered by a jogger on the roadside.

Makula, however, could not confirm the figure, pending an investigation.

A courier company, commissioned to transport the samples, has been asked to file an incident report, said Makula.

"Usually, in a case of hijacking or accident, the company reports to us. However, this time, there was no report. We will have full details once the investigation has been concluded," said Makula.

Eastern Cape health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said: "We are working with the NHLS to establish what may have happened there. It is not a health department issue; those things (samples) were in transit.

"They [courier company] must explain what happened, hence the investigation."

Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Have you gone out to eat a restaurant since restrictions have lifted?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes I have
14% - 1131 votes
No, but I plan to
16% - 1317 votes
No, and I don't plan to
71% - 5911 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.99
(+0.91)
ZAR/GBP
21.40
(+0.57)
ZAR/EUR
19.27
(+0.39)
ZAR/AUD
11.84
(+0.55)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(+0.79)
Gold
1811.60
(+1.01)
Silver
18.64
(+2.23)
Platinum
844.50
(+1.16)
Brent Crude
42.97
(-0.05)
Palladium
1951.00
(+1.80)
All Share
55857.31
(+1.11)
Top 40
51542.66
(+1.22)
Financial 15
10320.87
(+2.32)
Industrial 25
77680.53
(+1.07)
Resource 10
52485.47
(+0.90)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo