National director-general of Health Precious Matsoso this week personally intervened with a large police contingent to secure access to a Pretoria ‘private mortuary’ where relatives of the Life Esidemeni tragedy had had to scrabble through piled up bodies to find their family.

According to a Health-e News report,  Phumzile and Zandile Mashego had found the body of their brother – an ex-patient from Life Esidimeni – in a pile along with other unclaimed bodies in a rundown building in Atteridgeville.

They say the place looked as if it was once a butchery, but it is now registered as a private mortuary with the Tshwane municipality. “After we heard that Solly had passed away, we were told that he was at the funeral home called ‘Put U 2 Rest’ but his body was not there,” said Phumzile. “They directed us to this place that looked like old butchery.”….more