The chairman of the Funeral Industry Reformed Association, Johan Rousseau, said he had made the province’s department of health aware of the situation in Rayton to no avail.
“This is not a time bomb, it’s already a disaster, with TB being the highest killer in South Africa. It could easily spread,” Rousseau said.
He said the funeral industry did not have an implementing agency to ensure it was properly regulated.
“There’s no appropriate laws in place,” he said.
“Storage of dead bodies is taking place illegally because there are no zoning laws.
“This exposes the public to health hazards because infected water is running into the storm water, for example.”
The Pick n Pay storeroom’s side door is almost directly opposite the entrance to the mortuary, which is believed to be the entry point for corpses.
Gauteng health department spokesman Lesemang Matuka said: “We have alerted municipalities to ensure compliance with national regulations and their own bylaws when this matter was brought to our attention.”
Matuka said the department was only responsible for hospitals and forensic mortuaries.
Angels Funeral Services had not commented by the time of going to print.