MEC rejects reports of hundreds of bodies piled up in Phoenix morgue

MEC rejects reports of hundreds of bodies piled up in Phoenix morgue
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KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane has dismissed widespread false reports about the number of bodies being kept in the Phoenix Medico-Legal (MLM) morgue.

Simelane said in a statement that 128 bodies are being processed at the facility, not 500 or 300, and that not all the bodies are linked to last week’s civil unrest.

Contrary to reports, the morgue, which serves the wider eThekwini area and not just Phoenix, is currently processing the mortal remains of 128 people. These bodies may not necessarily be linked to last week’s civil unrest, ” he said.

Police Minister Bheki Cele said yesterday that he had pushed for policing in Phoenix, north of Durban, and called for an end to community policing and racial profiling, saying this was …

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