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
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...