CAPE TOWN – The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has a called a meeting with the Western Cape Health Department to discuss the backlog at forensic pathology services.
The problem is affecting burials.
The MJC’s Shaykh Riad Fataar says a number of families in Cape Town are waiting anxiously for the bodies of deceased due to delays in finalising post-mortems.
Bodies are not being released from mortuaries in time for Islam’s customary 24-hour burial procedure.
The forensic pathology services in Cape Town has confirmed it’s experiencing a very high caseload.
The unit has not yet been available to provide details on how it plans to address the problem.