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kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo went the extra mile on Saturday so that the funeral of a Chatsworth mother and son could go ahead as planned.  

With mortuary workers on a go-slow and bodies piling up at KZN’s provincial mortuaries because of delayed post-mortems, Kogie Reddy and her family feared more misery.  Nearly two weeks ago, her paraplegic mother and her brother were reported missing.  Her mother’s body was retrieved from Silverglen Nature Reserve dam on Monday and on Thursday, her brother’s badly decomposing body was found in nearby bushes.  “We were concerned that the funerals wouldn’t go ahead as we planned, until MEC Dhlomo intervened.  I take my hat off to him for what he has done for us,” said Reddy.  About the impasse over wage negotiations between his department and mortuary workers, that has rolled on for two weeks, Dhlomo said that they has asked the national health department to help and went on to state:  “Early next week we will make an announcement about other departments assisting us.  We hope the workers will realise some of their demands are beyond our control.”

  • Read Mervyn Naidoo’s original report in this regard in full at Sunday Tribune


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