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Hospital patient kills another at hospital with intravenous pole

By Mason White 2:29 PM August 7, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A man who was hospitalized for a non-life threatening illness, was killed by a fellow patient in the hospital.

32-year-old Fanelo Potwana of Mpumalanga, South Africa, died after being attacked by his fellow patient at the Evander Hospital on Tuesday.

Fanelo’s wife, Sikelelwa, said that her husband was hospitalized on Monday, after suffering from tuberculosis (TB).

“I went to visit him the next day, and he felt better,” Sikelelwa said.

Shortly after she left from the hospital, Sikelelwa received a visit from police and hospital staff who informed her that her husband was stabbed to death.

Police told Sikelelwa that another patient, used his drip pole to fatally stab her husband. However, police are not sure what happened that led to the stabbing.

Fanelo’s father, Doctor Potwana, 57, said that he was afraid that he might lose his son to tuberculosis, but he never expected him to be killed by a patient.

Health department spokesperson Dumsani Malamule said that another patient and a male nurse were also attacked, but were not hurt.

The incident in still under investigation.