South African Mortuaries

2,000 Unclaimed Bodies Found in South African Mortuaries

  • South Africa faces a burgeoning crisis with approximately 2,000 unclaimed bodies accumulating in official mortuaries nationwide, shedding light on systemic challenges within the mortuary infrastructure.
  • KwaZulu-Natal emerges as the province grappling with the highest number of unclaimed bodies, highlighting regional disparities in healthcare infrastructure and resource allocation.
  • Deputy Minister of Health, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, underscores the urgent need for comprehensive intervention to address the underlying factors contributing to the surge in unclaimed bodies and mitigate the humanitarian and public health ramifications of the crisis.

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