strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that the ongoing strike by workers across mortuaries in Gauteng has put the brakes on the release of postmortem results and burials.  Forensic pathology assistants in the province downed tools over salaries and working conditions.  

Angry protesters gathered outside the Diepkloof facility on Friday, demanding that the provincial health department accede to their demands.  Democratic Alliance (DA) health spokesman Jack Bloom indicated in a statement on Wednesday:  “Families are suffering extreme distress by the delay in releasing the bodies of their loved ones for burial.  Diepkloof mortuary (in Soweto) is the worst affected.  We cannot have a situation where bodies pile up in mortuaries, causing further anguish to bereaved families.”  The Gauteng Department of Health said talks to end the strike were continuing this week.

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