Body of Cape Town woman found on Macassar Beach after testing for Covid-19
by Jessica Arendse
A Cape Town woman was found deceased on Macassar beach, Tuesday 22nd June 2020.
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Photo: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Zuziwe Mvinjana, a 58 year old female from Makhaza, departed from home on Monday morning to get tested for Covid-19 at the Khayelitsha Hospital.
Sandiso Matodlana, aged 37, said that his mother-in-law was previously taken to two private doctors but was only administered injections each time diagnosing her with the common cold.
He added that on Sunday she was adamant to go to hospital because she was short of breath and started feeling worse than before.
Matodlana says: “My partner told her, my brother will take her to hospital. Monday came but he could not find her. My partner could not get hold of her and her phone went to voicemail each time."
They then noticed that her last appearance on the WhatsApp Messenger service was at 10.10am.
Matodlana says:"They went to search for her at the Khayelitsha hospital after a cousin who lives close by went by her house and found it empty."
“The hospital refused them to enter due to Covid-19, but a nurse was asked to check. She did and came back, telling us our mother was not on the system and she wasn’t there,” he added.
The family tried to file a missing person’s report with the police and were told they could only be assisted if they had a photograph of Zuziwe.
Matodlana went back home to get a photo of his mother-in-law while the rest of the family returned to the hospital to double-check if she was there.
A security guard who was familiar to the family checked the other section of the hospital for them.
He returned informing the relatives that she is present and that she was busy receiving oxygen. The relatives asked him to please make sure by asking the woman to confirm to confirm that she is Zuziwe.
Matodlana said that he received confirmation from the relatives that it was Zuziwe as the security guard assured them that she had nodded as yes to his enquiry that she is Zuziwe. At this point he was told by the relatives not to open the case as she was found.
After the relief of finding Zuziwe, the family went home only to return to the hospital on Tuesday.
Matodlana says: "We went back to the hospital and again we were told she was not on the system. They couldn’t find her. I then received a call from my brother-in-law saying that the Macassar police were at the house."
He rushed home, where two police officers showed the family a photograph of a woman whose body has been found on Macassar Beach.
He added: "The police said they had bad news. We were shown a picture of a woman, the picture of our mom. One could see blood from her nose, sand on her face."
“According to the police they found her bag, identity document, cellphone and receipt from the hospital near her body. Someone who was jogging on the beach found her,” Matodlana said.
Mihlali Majikela ( Provincial police spokesperson) said an inquest docket has been opened.
“A post-mortem will be conducted to determine cause of death,” confirmed Majikela.
The family said they want closure so they need to know the truth about the events that took place.