Pretoria building houses mortuary, food storage facility

A report in the Sowetan claims a Pick n Pay branch in Rayton shares a building with a morgue.

FILE: Fridge in a mortuary. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – A Sowetan journalist who reported how a Pretoria building houses both a mortuary and a food storage facility for a local Pick n Pay store has described his shock upon discovering the premises.

Isaac Mahlangu on Monday morning exposed how the retailer's branch in Rayton shares a building with a morgue.

He goes on to describe how the food is separated from bodies only by a four-metre wall.

The food stored there includes soft drinks and cooking oil.

Mahlangu says that he received a tip-off from community members.

“On Friday we decided to head out and when we got to Rayton we were really surprised to see this one structure behind Rayton Park Mall and the doors were opened.

“You could see food that was stored in that storeroom and just behind it, a mortuary, all under one roof.”

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However, Pick n Pay has denied the reports.

In a short statement to answer questions from Eyewitness News, the retailer says the story published in the _Sowetan _this morning is incorrect.

Management further states that the storage facility mentioned in the article is not used by Pick n Pay at all, but by a nearby service station which is situated next to the building.

Officials say the Pick n Pay store is 400 metres away from this facility.