But when a morgue worker returned to check on the body in the fridge, he found the woman was breathing.
An official has confirmed to the BBC the woman is now being treated in a hospital east of Johannesburg after being referred by forensics officers. She has not been named.An investigation into the incident is being carried out, with the family demanding answers.
“As a family we won’t talk about this unless the police, paramedics and the mortuary officials who were involved are present. We need answers,” a family member told the BBC, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The man said the family was in shock.
“The issue is that we need answers, that’s all we want and we don’t have any clarity now,” he added.
Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick said there was “no proof of any negligence” on his company’s behalf.