Can I have my baby's body so I can have a burial? - Mother pleads with mortuary

An Ekurhuleni mother has had to postpone her daughter's funeral for the second time due to industrial action by forensic pathologists at Gauteng mortuaries.

Colleen Duister is pleading with officials to release her three-year-old child's remains so that she can have a dignified burial service.

The young girl died in a Boksburg hospital due to surgery complications last week but her body can't be released because a death certificate is yet to be compiled.

The grieving mother explains that family members have come from across the country to lay her daughter to rest.

She says she only wants her child's remains and does not need an autopsy report.

There's nothing I can do. We don't have a body but the tombstone is already on.

Colleen Duister, mother

Can I have my baby's body so that I can have a burial?

Colleen Duister, mother

Read: Grieving GP families queue outside mortuaries as pathologists down tools

Even if they don't do a post-mortem, it's fine. Can I just please have her body to make peace?

Colleen Duister, mother

I can't postpone it again and again. It cost a lot of money and I don't have that money.

Colleen Duister, mother

Duister had first planned a funeral service for Sunday but had to postpone to Wednesday morning, after promises were made by the Germiston mortuary.

She has yet to receive her child's remains.

Many other families are waiting for their loved ones' bodies to be released.

Take a listen to her describe her traumatic experience since her daughter's death:

Meanwhile, 702 listeners have expressed their deep sympathy for the woman's painful situation.

Take a listen to some of the messages read by presenter Redi Tlhabi:


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