Mortuaries are buckling under the number of unclaimed and unidentified bodies. Gauteng alone is struggling to identify 938 bodies, of which 340 unclaimed bodies are in the Pretoria area. Mortuaries also face persistent loadshedding, hampering their efforts in looking after lost loved ones. If unclaimed, they these provide deceased people a pauper’s burial but only 30 days after announcing their intention.
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