Durban - The Department of Health has claimed that the patient with thousands of maggots in his mouth had a "history of neglect."
A video of Sadek Ebrahim, 52, maggots in his mouth while he was a patient at RK Khan Hospital has gone viral on social media.
He died of natural causes on Wednesday.
His son Azaad Ebrahim who made the discovery described the Department's statement as "very disturbing."
"How was my father neglected? I need specifics. We cared for him when he was at home and we definitely did not send him to hospital with maggots.