GP Health Dept says it’s on track to complete Joburg CBD fire post-mortemsPosted by On

The department said by Saturday evening, pathologists had conducted post-mortems on 58 bodies and were only left with 16 to be concluded on Sunday.

Johannesburg emergency services attend to a fire in the Johannesburg CBD on 31 August 2023. Picture: Tamika Gounden/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Health Department (GDoH) said it’s on track to complete 18 outstanding autopsies from the 74 bodies recovered in the deadly Marshalltown fire.

On Sunday, the department confirmed that the death toll had risen to 77.

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This includes 12 children who lost their lives on Thursday after a blaze tore through a five-storey building in the Joburg CBD.

Although Gauteng Pathology Services had set a deadline of two weeks to process all the victims’ bodies, the department said they have been able to work quicker than envisaged.

“As more families come forth to report their loved ones who might have perished, the department can confirm that it is on track to complete conducting of post-mortems on the 74 deceased people. By Saturday evening, pathologists had done post-mortems on 58 bodies and were only left with 16 to be concluded on Sunday,” said spokesperson Motalatale Modiba.


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