A 28-year-old man, Msizi Mkhize, was declared dead last week when he was hit while walking home with a friend in Durban. His body was transported to the Phoenix mortuary and refrigerated. However, when his family members came two days later for identification and other things, he was noticed to have a pulse. He was then rushed to the Mahatma Gandhi hospital for resuscitation. He however was resuscitated but he died 5 hours after. His angry family are now demanding answers.
The heartbroken father described the rollercoaster of emotions that began with him arriving at the morgue at 8am to identify his son’s body and was informed some four hours later that his son was in fact alive – only for him to once again be declared dead five hours after that. Imran Keeka, a provincial official for the opposition Democratic Alliance party, said the incident shows the challenges and decay facing the province’s health department. The South African health department has begun an inquiry into what actually took place at the scene of the accident.