- Open trailer
Mabuza admitted that perhaps he was at fault for using an open trailer to transport bodies.
He accused City of Johannesburg officials of defaming him by saying he didn't have proper paperwork.
"Maybe they [officials] can talk about the trailer. Maybe I am wrong for using the trailer. The wheels of that trailer‚ they just came off‚" he said.
- Falling wheels
Two wheels of the hired trailer dislodged‚ which alerted Johannesburg metro police to the vehicle.
Mabuza used a minibus and a rented trailer to transport the 42 coffins.
- Temporary employees
His six workers were temporary.
One worker told TimesLIVE it was his first time on the job. The workers take body bags from the hospital mortuary fridges and place them in provided coffins‚ Mabuza confirmed.
He and workers said they came from a neighbourhood in Klipspruit. Officials from the City of Johannesburg told TimesLIVE that the workers did not appear to have proper gloves or masks to deal with dead bodies.
- Traffic chaos
The scene slowed down traffic on the Johannesburg M1 South near Wits University for hours and led to a temporary highway closure during peak afternoon traffic. Ramokgopa apologised to Gauteng residents for the delays.
"It has been an inconvenience to motorists … and the economy."