The official must be able to register a docket from police
stations. The official picks up unknown corpses from hospitals
and from any place a corps could possibly be found (open and
closed places). He/she administer the record of the mortuary on
a daily basis. The official opens and closes the corpses during
the corps identification process. He/she convey the corpses to
and from the pans (drawers) during the execution of his/her
duties. The official performs an autopsy with the pathologist
(doctor). The official also remove samples for analysis, after
instructions from the pathologist.
What are the minimum requirements to
become a Mortuary Official.
The person must have passed grade 12 certificate. The police
experience is essential in this field. He/she must be prepared
to work shifts and long hours. He/she must have stable emotions
in dealing with corpses in general. The person must have a valid
Each member of the mortuary shall be given the opportunity to
undergo training to empower/equip himself/herself.
Where can you be stationed?
There are various government mortuary stations around the
Republic of South Africa where a person can be placed.
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