Durban - KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Health member of the executive council (MEC), Sibongiseni Dhlomo, on Tuesday took matters into his own hands and performed two autopsies as the forensic pathology services ground to a halt after staff at the Fort Napier Medico-Legal Mortuary in Piertermaritzburg went on a go-slow, severely affecting several families' funeral plans.
Mortuary workers are protesting "unbearable" working conditions and embarked on a go-slow on Friday. They accuse the department of ignoring their grievances for more than three years, such as broken air-conditioners, broken toilets, old uniforms and lack of cleaning equipment.
Dhlomo confirmed that there was a backlog of more than 26 bodies waiting for autopsies in the government morgue as the forensic pathology staff said they would only perform a maximum of two bodies per day until the department gave in to their demands. Normally, the mortuary performs between 10 to 12 autopsies per day....
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