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kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that army doctors have been brought in to assist with autopsies following a stalemate between the KZN Department of Health and pathology staff as a mortuary go-slow entered its sixth week.  

The army doctors arrived on Friday at the KwaDukuza district morgue and were working on at least 36 autopsy cases.  Mortuary staff have been on a go-slow since 9 November, demanding pay for overtime worked and better working conditions.  They claim the department owes 31 workers about R60-million in back pay and are refusing to settle, vowing a total shutdown.  KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo advised:  “We have dealt with the backlog, with the help of the army, policemen and healthcare workers and we can assure the public that there will no longer be delays in burying their loved ones.”  National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) spokesperson Phakama Ndunakazi said they were prepared to stage a national shutdown as they were not reaching a solution with the department.  Ndunakazi also noted that the department had resorted to criminalising workers:  “On Tuesday we have to go to court to attend a case because the department has resorted to arresting our workers - 23 are appearing in court.”

  • Read Kwandokuhle Njoli’s full report on this story at Sunday Tribune

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