Cape Town - As provincial mortuaries buckle under a high load of unidentified bodies, questions have been raised over burial rites and the dignity in which the bodies are disposed.
Unidentified bodies in the province was said to be between 420 and 450, according to the department of health “at any given time”.
Provincial health spokesperson Mark van der Heever said between April and June, Tygerberg Forensic Pathology Laboratory had approximately 200 unidentified bodies.
The increasing number of deaths forced the department to make alternative arrangements and store the unclaimed bodies in shipping containers.
But the issue has also raised questions of how many of those bodies were children and whether those children were stateless.