Health dept roped in to resolve JHB mortuary tension ‘swiftly, decisively’

The principal specialist has been accused of threatening to kill a colleague, creating a toxic environment.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department has been called on to resolve tensions at the Johannesburg mortuary"swiftly and decisively".

This morning, Eyewitness News revealed the extent of the internal conflict at one of South Africa's busiest mortuaries, where seven staff members have launched a formal grievance against the principal specialist.

The provincial health department says it's stepping in and will make the outcome of its intervention public.

Gauteng's shadow health MEC Jack Bloom says the situation at the Johannesburg mortuary cannot continue.

"There is an unstable situation at this mortuary, staff are very unhappy and I hope that it's resolved as soon as possible because service delivery is paramount."

The principal specialist has been accused of threatening to kill a colleague, creating a toxic environment and was initially suspended for three months following a disciplinary hearing.

But in April, this decision was overturned on appeal with the department saying there was insufficient evidence and procedural errors.