ZIMBA STRANGLED IN SA HOSPITAL
This is Tapiwa Chapika who was found dead in a ward in Stellenbosch Provincial Hospital where he had been admitted for 72-hour mental health observation.
“The body of a 41-year-old male was discovered dead in one of the hospital wards and it is suspected that he was strangled. No one has been arrested‚” said Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana of South African Police Service (SAPS) Western Cape Media Centre.
Later‚ SAPS confirmed that an autopsy had been conducted “but the content of the autopsy report cannot be made available”. Police however said that a case of murder had been opened.
Cousin of the deceased‚ Solomon Shumbanhete‚ speaking on behalf of the family said‚ “I took Tapiwa to hospital when I suspected he was mentally unstable. My intention was to seek medication first and then take him back to Zimbabwe.”
He said Chapika’s body had black marks round his neck. The family had repatriated the body and buried Chapika in Zimbabwe. Chapika came to South Africa early 2017. He was a horse groom.