Fields Hill tragedy: Four bodies still unclaimed

Sizwe Mchunu MPP

Leader of the DA in KwaZulu-Natal

The Democratic Alliance has learned that four victims of the Field’s Hill tragedy three months ago are still unclaimed at a Durban mortuary.  This is incredibly sad as the affected families clearly have not been able to claim their relatives in order to organise proper funerals.

The accident, which took place on the 5th September, claimed the lives of 23 commuters and left scores critically injured after a runaway truck ploughed into several vehicles. The DA has repeatedly called for heavy trucks to be banned from Field’s Hill as we do not believe the road is safe for use by heavy trucks.

The provincial government must act to contact the families of the victims to make sure they are able to bid farewell to their relatives in a dignified manner.

Both the KZN Transport Department and the KZN Health Department should be ashamed for allowing the bodies to lie there for three months. They must pro-actively contact the affected families and provide them with support to claim their loved ones.

The provincial government must take all action to assist those people affected by this terrible tragedy and must take urgent action to improve safety on Field’s Hill road to prevent future loss of life.