SA has a mountain of nameless corpses – and it’s growing

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SA has a mountain of nameless corpses – and it’s growing

Gauteng alone has 1,000 unidentified bodies a month. A small team is doing its best to identify at least a few of them

Susan Njanji

At Olifantsvlei cemetery on the outskirts of Johannesburg South, undertakers clad in white plastic overalls, boots and face masks take on a grim task: mass pauper burials.

They are burying 46 bodies that have been lying in public morgues, unidentified and unclaimed, for up to three months.

It is a task undertaken every month – the numbers are often higher...

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