Overloaded truck impounded after being found with more than 106 corpses
Traffic authorities discovered a truck carrying 106 corpses during a routine stop and search operation along the N2 highway near Somerset West.
The Western Cape’s Transport and Public Works MEC Daylin Mitchell has confirmed that the truck was overloaded.
“I was advised that the necessary paperwork was in place. The truck was overloaded, and the undertaker then dispatched an additional vehicle, and the driver was then allowed to continue with the trip.”
The weighbridge was temporarily closed after the driver confirmed that he was transporting dead bodies to a crematory in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape on Saturday afternoon.
According to IOL Spokesperson Fredelene Knowles said the funeral undertakers were compelled to move the bodies to Gqeberha as the local crematoriums were either closed or could not cope with the large volumes.
Knowles added that families are now opting for cremation as a result of the high costs of keeping a corpse at the morgue. She further added that getting a site is also a mission. “It’s difficult – we have to phone around for space,” said funeral undertaker, Monray Adams.