Cape mortuary backlog delays Muslim burials
THE Muslim Judicial Council is seeking to get priority treatment for dead Muslims as bodies continue to pile up in the wake of a backlog at mortuaries in Cape Town.
The MJC has written to Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbobo requesting a meeting to discuss the issue after families contacted the organisation asking for help.
“We’ve had queries from two families who asked us to assist them with retrieving bodies [of deceased family members]‚” MJC spokeswoman Mishka Daries said.
“With Islamic [belief] the body preferably needs to be buried within 24 hours after the person has died. It’s taken a while and the families have waited for two or three days now. We have asked the provincial minister of health how we can expedite the process.”
On Wednesday, the provincial health department released a statement warning the public of delays in finalising postmortems‚ as its forensic pathology services in the metro were experiencing high case loads.