Opinion: The inability to bury your loved one is the most traumatic experience

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for an urgent court order against a strike at government mortuaries which has left families frustrated and in despair.

Some families have now turned to the courts in an effort to bury their loved ones.

Over the weekend, a Muslim family was successful in its legal bid, forcing the Diepkloof government mortuary in Soweto to release the body of a 28-year-old man and perform an autopsy nearly two weeks after his death.

READ: Grieving GP families queue outside mortuaries as pathologists down tools

ALSO READ: Nehawu says Gauteng Health to blame for mortuary strike and body pile-up

702's Xolani Gwala questions government interventions.

You start questioning, how caring is a government that is unable to resolve this strike that has been going on for two weeks.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

Inability to bury your loved one, that is the most traumatic experience any family can go through.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

Where is the plan here in Gauteng? To have to wait this long, spend money on preparations, somebody must be sensitive, what is the plan, where is the plan MEC Gwen Ramokgopa?

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

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