Police in Mankweng, Polokwane have arrested a 25-year-old suspect in connection with the murder of an intern Doctor Sbongile Nkhwashu.
The suspect is believed to be her boyfriend.
Sbongile's body was found in her room at Mankweng Hospital on the evening of January 19 2020.
A witness who was visiting the hospital was informed of stench coming out of one of the rooms. The witness discovered that one of the rooms was allegedly found locked from outside.
The police were then called and on arrival the door was broken. The deceased was found lying on her bed. She was already in the early stage of decomposition.
Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has expressed shock over the death of a young medical intern who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend.
In a tweet, Ramuthuba said "6 years of studies, hardly 2 weeks of employment as a medical intern, our beautiful, young smart Dr Nkwashu’s life was cut short at just 24 in the hands allegedly of her boyfriend. How do I face her parents after so much sacrifices and say it shall be well when I know it is not RIP."
The police have started investigations and the motive behind the killing is unknown.
The suspect is due to appear in Mankweng magistrate court soon.
South African Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said the most devastating thing about the murder of a medical intern at Mankweng Hospital was the fact that she would have been the first doctor in her village.
Mkhize was speaking on Tuesday at the hospital where the decomposing body of 24-year-old medical intern Shongile Pretty Nkhwashu was discovered in her room on Sunday evening.
"I must say this is one of the most devastating stories, the loss of a young girl, a doctor who would have been the first to be a doctor in her village.
"As a department we were so excited to have been able to place every single doctor because they are very special, rare and have important skills for the country," Mkhize said.
More and more young lives are continuously being lost in the hands of man. Until when?