JOHANNESBURG: A trailer carrying 42 unidentified bodies from Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital to Olifantsvlei cemetery for burials looses a wheel on the M1 South Highway. The trailer was loaded with the coffins of 16 adults and 26 stillborn infants.
The Gauteng Department of Health Forensic Pathology Services has organised Six vans for transport, for carrying out the bodies to the cemetery to continue with burials.
JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said:
“The driver of the van alleged that he was transporting the bodies from Charlotte Maxeke General Hospital to Oilfantsvlei Cemetery in Eldorado Park for burial.”
“JMPD immediately contacted SAPS and the provincial department of health to verify the information, said Minnaar.”
Johannesburg’s Public Safety MMC, Michael Sun, expressed his shock at how the bodies were being transported:
“The manner in which the bodies are transported is neither dignified nor hygienic at all, least to say shows no respect to the deceased and their families.
We call upon the Provincial Department of Health to conduct a full investigation and also SAPS to further investigate to ensure there is no foul play.”
The Department is going to investigate why the private undertaker used an open trailer to transport the bodies.
We can confirm that a trailer carrying 42 bodies to Olifantsvlei cemetery for paupers burials lost one of its wheels on M1 highway. The Department is going to investigate why the private undertaker used an open trailer to transport the bodies. pic.twitter.com/UKpNlnDwB4
— Gauteng Health (@GautengHealth) November 15, 2017