- The woman has reportedly been identified as Zuziwe Mvinjana, 58, from Makhaza.
- She had been found by a jogger on Macassar beach.
- On Monday, she left for Khayelitsha Hospital as she wanted to be tested for Covid-19.
An inquest docket has been opened by police after the body of a woman was found on Macassar beach, about 40km outside the Cape Town city centre.
The woman was identified by IOL as Zuziwe Mvinjana, 58, from Makhaza, who, on Monday morning, left for Khayelitsha Hospital as she wanted to be tested for Covid-19.
She had been told she had a common cold by two private doctors, her son-in-law Sandiso Matodlana told the publication, but had decided to go to the hospital after experiencing shortness of breath that Sunday.
Matodlana's brother was to take her to the hospital, but couldn't find her that morning.
They had gone to look for her but weren't allowed into the hospital owing to Covid-19 protocols. A nurse went to look for her but didn't find her on their system, the report said.
Other relatives approached a security guard they knew to check a different section of the hospital, and he told them she was there, receiving oxygen.
They returned the next day and were again told she was not on the system. They also couldn't find her, the family told the publication.
That day, police arrived at the family's home, where they showed a photo of Mvinjana, with a bloodied nose and sand on her face.
She had apparently been found by a jogger on the beach. Her bag, ID, cellphone and hospital receipt was near her body.
Police spokesperson Mihlali Majikela confirmed to News24 that an inquest was registered for investigation.
"A post-mortem will be conducted to determine cause of death."
- Compiled by Tammy Petersen