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ANC shocked on discovery of 42 bodies on M1 incident

HH Malgas

The ANC learns with shock of the reports of an incident where a private undertaker's trailer carrying 42 coffins from Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital to Olifantsvlei cemetery for a pauper's burial, dislodged its wheels on M1 south just after Smith off-ramp. Out of the 42 bodies, 16 were adults and 26 were stillborn babies, whose families preferred not to take them home and requested the government to bury them on their behalf. The incident is very unpleasant and unacceptable. Even in instances where the family members of the deceased were untraceable, the law still requires that we bury them in a dignified and respectful manner.

The ANC believes that all possible attempts should be done to try and trace the families of the deceased. Families who might still want to come and identify their loved ones must be given an opportunity. We call upon the Gauteng government to prioritise this investigation and action be taken if anyone found guilty.

I thank you

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