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WHILE other families enjoyed Christmas together a family in Mpumalanga was making funeral arrangements for a mentally ill family member who was killed by a train after allegedly being chased away from hospital.
Noel Ndlovu, 35, of Cottondale near Acornhoek, had been sick since 2005 and was receiving medication for his condition from the local clinic. His condition worsened on Tuesday last week.
His sister Linnet told Sowetan at the time that her brother started taking off his clothes and threatened other family members with violence.
She said the family called the Acornhoek police, who took Ndlovu to the Tintswalo Hospital where nurses allegedly accused the family of trying to run away from keeping a mentally ill man at home over Christmas.
She said after her brother disappeared from the hospital the family received the bad news on Christmas Eve that Ndlovu was dead after he had slept on the railway lines and been killed by an oncoming train.
His brother Coleman said that he read in Sowetan on Thursday that his brother was chased away from hospital.
Little did he know that a few days later he would be identifying his brother's body at the government mortuary in Bushbuckridge.
Ndlovu is survived by his wife Patricia and four children, the eldest of whom is aged 14.
Acornhoek police spokesperson Inspector Themba Thwala confirmed a train killed Ndlovu after he had disappeared from the hospital.
"We are investigating a culpable homicide case and also looking into circumstances leading to his death," Thwala said yesterday.