Cape Town - A man has been killed with a bed pan at a state hospital in Cape Town.
Sakhumzi Gunqgayo died minutes after another patient repeatedly struck him with the silver pot.
His traumatised family told the Daily Voice they still have no idea why he was attacked.
The victim’s brother Bongani says when he saw Sakhumzi, he had a big gash on his head and his face was swollen.
Police have arrested a 32-year-old suspect who is due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court this week on a charge of murder.
Sakhumzi, 31, was admitted to the trauma unit of the Heideveld day hospital after complaining of chest pains on Friday.
Bongani said he last saw his brother alive just an hour before that.
The family is now questioning how Sakhumzi could be attacked with security guards and staff around.
Bongani said: “[The staff told us that] my brother was lying on his bed when the man attacked him. We don’t know why he attacked him and why the security was not called.
“My brother had tuberculosis and this man repeatedly beat him up and killed him. Why wouldn’t they stop him. This is insane and unbelievable. It’s hard to accept.”
A staff member at the hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the suspect had been admitted the day before the attack.
The employee said: “We are also puzzled, security guards intervened but he had beaten [Sakhumzi] with a bed pan.”
Spokesman for the Western Cape government’s health department, Mark van der Heever, said authorities were investigating the death.
Van der Heever said: “All the necessary documents, statements, adverse incident forms have been forwarded to our forensic pathology service to confirm the cause of death.”
By late Monday, the police had not responded to the Daily Voice’s request for comment.