Families have resorted to camping outside the Fort Napier mortuary in Pietermaritzburg to demand the release of the bodies of their loved ones. Employees at the mortuary have been on a go-slow for more than two weeks, resulting in a backlog in conducting autopsies. This has caused delays for families who want to bury their deceased relatives. The families say this has prolonged their grieving process.
Meanwhile, Nehawu’s provincial secretary Phakamani Ndunakazi says there are problems at all forensic facilities in the province.
Ndunakazi says they are in talks with the Health Department to seek ways of assisting the families to receive the bodies of their loved ones for burial.