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MJC concerned about backlog at WC pathology labs

Bodies are not being released from mortuaries in time for Islam's customary 24-hour burial procedure.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

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.

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