Zulu said the union had cautioned the department of health about the implications of closing the Gale Street mortuary and the need to urgently address the issue of staff shortages.
Zulu urged health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu to intervene.
Provincial health spokesperson Mdu Ncalane said the department was awaiting a report back from officials before responding to any queries about the mortuary.
When TimesLIVE visited the mortuary on Tuesday afternoon, it was quiet with only a handful of people on the premises.
A man, who preferred not to be named, said he had come to identify the body of his brother.
“It stinks inside. There are a lot of bodies. I’m not sure if this is how it is supposed to be, bodies on the floors and tables. I’ve never been here before, so I don’t know if this is normal.”
Lihle Phewa, 26, said the mortuary already had a bad name after issues of the July unrest.
“I remember during the unrest that this mortuary was full. People were here every day trying to get inside. From what my cousin said, there are still lots of bodies inside there. I am just here to support her. I won’t go inside, I don’t think I will manage.”
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