sandf thumb medium90 89ANA reports that members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) have been sent to Gauteng mortuaries to help with the backlog as the strike by assistant pathologists rages on.  

Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson on health Jack Bloom welcomed the move, indicating that at least 200 postmortems still had to be performed across the province.  The two-week long strike by workers across mortuaries in Gauteng has delayed the release of postmortem results and burials as bodies remain stuck at the mortuaries.  Forensic pathology assistants downed tools over salaries and working conditions.  Mortuaries in Diepkloof, Hillbrow, Germiston and Roodepoort have been seriously affected.  The provincial department of health said talks with labour continued in a bid to end the crippling strike.  Bloom urged Premier David Makhura to intervene and resolve the strike.

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