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kznlogo thumb100 TimesLive reports that grieving families can call a hotline to determine the progress of autopsies on the bodies of relatives while a go-slow continues at the Fort Napier medico legal mortuary in KwaZulu-Natal.  

They will need to leave their details in order to be contacted with an update.  Bodies have been piling up, with forensic pathology services staff refusing to resume the normal pace of work until their grievances have been addressed.  A week ago, the provincial health department indicated that there was a backlog of 26 bodies to be processed at the facility.  "Normally, the mortuary performs between 10 and 12 autopsies per day.  However, since the go-slow began, the workers have been performing a maximum of two bodies per day.  On Tuesday afternoon, the department said it had begun implementing a contingency plan to minimise the impact of the go-slow, but for security reasons it did not reveal details.  The department plans to continue engaging with unions to resolve some of the issues such as the supply of equipment and repair of air conditioners.

  • Read the full original report by Nivashni Nair at TimesLive


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