Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says a team from the South African National Defence Force’s health services is set to assist with Backlog at mortuaries due to a strike by provincial forensic pathology officers.
Last week Friday Ramokopa visited the Diepkloof Mortuary in an attempt to resolve the ongoing protest over salary increment.
Subsequently, to the visit, it is understood that the talks between MEC and employees have reached the agreement.
The MEC says her department is trying to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
“We have issued a communique yesterday indicating the challenges. There are about 200 post-mortems that are due.”
One woman says that her brother died on Friday and claims that he can’t be buried due to the strike.
“We’re sitting here frustrated and we’re worried because he had an accident. These people are on strike and are they keeping the temperature on the fridges properly? Do we postpone the funeral?
“And this thing is not only frustrating but it’s becoming more expensive for us.”