Body found inside hospital yard

2016-10-19 06:00
FORENSIC services remove the decomposed body of Samuel Hans from where it was found under a tree at the Hartswater Hospital.

FORENSIC services remove the decomposed body of Samuel Hans from where it was found under a tree at the Hartswater Hospital.

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THE bereaved family of Samuel Hans (45) are still reeling from shock after the discovery of their loved one’s decomposed body inside the yard of the Hartswater Hospital on Thursday afternoon (13/10).

Hans’s decomposed body was found under a tree inside the yard of the hospital by a group of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers who were cleaning the hospital yard.

The tree that he was found under is in front of the hospital.

The tree is not far from the security guard who is posted at the hospital gate.

Hans’s brother, Piet Kgwele, and the police confirmed that he was a patient at the Hartswater Hospital.

He had been missing since Monday, 10 October.

According to Kgwele, he received a call from the hospital around lunchtime to come and identify Hans’s body after reporting him missing at the Hartswater Police on Tuesday.

Kgwele revealed that they had been searching for his brother, who was a farm worker, ever since he went missing from hospital.

Hans had been taken to hospital a few days earlier by his employer.

Apparently he had complained that he was short of breath.

The family further revealed that Hans also had a mental problem.

Provincial police spokesperson Lt. Sergio Kock confirmed that the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Hartswater were investigating the matter.

“He was reported missing to the police after he went missing from the hospital,” said Kock.

According to Kock, no visible injuries could be found.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Kgwele said the family have had sleepless nights since their brother disappeared from the hospital.

He said they have followed each and every lead.

“It is unfair, because he was left in the capable hands of the hospital,” said a distraught Kgwele

“It is very disturbing to know that my brother had been lying dead right in front of everyone’s eyes all along.

“The sad part is that we were not even allowed to go closer to see him.

“The forensic services warned us that it was a health hazard to come too close.

“We were already warned that we have to take him straight to the burial site upon release from the state mortuary in Kimberley,” he said.

According to Kgwele, the family finds itself in a desperate situation, as they do not have money for the burial of Hans.

By the time of going to print the Department of Health had not yet responded to the media enquiry.

It is very disturbing to know that my brother had been lying dead right in front of everyone’s eyes all along. – Piet Kgwele

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