The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) Freeway Unit has advised motorists to be cautious on the M1 South between Smit and Carr onramp after the wheel of a trailer carrying 16 adult bodies and 26 stillborn babies was dislodged.
JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said: “The driver of the van alleged that he was transporting the bodies from Charlotte Maxeke General Hospital to Oilfantsvlei Cemetery in Eldorado Park for burial.”
Minnaar said the JMPD immediately contacted SAPS and the provincial department of health to verify the information.
“The driver did not have any documentation proving that they are a registered mortuary nor any hospital documentation to move the bodies,” he said.
“JMPD has requested the owner of the alleged undertaker to produce these documents. SAPS has since taken over the investigation along with provincial department of health.”
Johannesburg’s Public Safety MMC, Michael Sun, expressed his shock at how the bodies were being transported: “The manner in which the bodies are transported is neither dignified nor hygienic at all, least to say shows no respect to the deceased and their families. We call upon the Provincial Department of Health to conduct a full investigation and also SAPS to further investigate to ensure there is no foul play.”