Gale Street mortuary comes to a grinding halt as MEC fails to address staff issues

Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL 

DA KZN Spokesperson on Health


Gale Street mortuary comes to a grinding halt as MEC fails to address staff issues


The DA has been reliably informed that staff at Durban’s Gale Street Mortuary yesterday embarked on go-slow protest action, with the result that no post-mortems were conducted yesterday and no vehicles dispatched to collect the deceased for an entire day.

The staff have unresolved complaints and grievances regarding management, working hours and overtime payment. These worker grievances continue to be ignored, and yesterday’s go-slow protest resulted, but services appear to be restarting today.

The DA is deeply concerned about the shut-down of such a major facility providing an important service. While we respect the right to protest, an essential service such as this cannot come to a grinding halt, due to failures of leadership to address grievances.

The blame for ongoing problems at this mortuary lies squarely at the door of KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo who has been well aware of some of these staff issues for more than a year.

His tardiness has now resulted in citizens being adversely affected at one of the worst times possible when they are grieving the loss of a loved one.

There remains a high risk of this type of illegal strike action arising again given that matters have still not been dealt with.

The DA will today write to MEC Dhlomo. We expect him to urgently deal with these matters so as to prevent further unnecessary suffering to the living and ensure the dignity of the deceased, and a potential public health risk when deceased corpses are not timeously collected.

Even in death, the ANC government in KZN is neglectful.

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