Cape mor­tu­ary back­log de­lays Mus­lim buri­als

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS -

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.

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