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By unknown | Jun 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Police are investigating the death of a Limpopo pensioner who was found in the bushes within the premises of a hospital in which she had earlier been admitted.

The body of Enny Shikwambane, 63, of Namakgale, Phalaborwa, was found at Maphutha-Malatji Hospital last week on Thursday.

The granny had been admitted at the institution five days earlier to receive treatment for epilepsy.

Family spokesman and the dead woman's brother, David Nkuna, said when they went to fetch Shikwambane a few days after she was admitted, they were told different stories "which did not make sense".

"Firstly the nurses told us that we could not see or collect our relative because she was still waiting to be checked by doctors. When we came back the following day we were told she had gone missing without trace. What can you make of such statements?" asked Nkuna.

He said a massive five-hour search was launched on the hospital premises.

The old woman's badly-decomposed body was found in the bushes last Thursday.

"My sister would still be alive had the hospital informed us of her disappearance on time. To add salt to injury, nobody at the hospital dared to open a missing person's case with the police. There is some serious explanation to be done here, failing which we will be forced to go the legal route," he said.

Phuti Seloba, spokesman for the provincial department of health and social development, said the department is communicating with the family.

Seloba added that an internal investigation is under way.

"The death of any member of the public admitted to any of our institutions in the province is cause for concern. We really regret the incident."

Police have opened an inquest.


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