Minister Mkhize: Murdered Limpopo medical intern was to be her village’s first doctor

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.

Mkhize was accompanied to the hospital by Limpopo Province Health MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathuba where they both updated Nkhwashu’s colleagues on how far investigations into her murder were.

Police made the grisly discovery on Sunday evening after they were called by Nkwashu’s colleagues following a stench that was coming from her room.

They broke down the door and found her decomposing body on the bed. Her boyfriend has since been arrested and charged with her murder.

Ramathuba expressed shock over the death of Nkwashu’s death and tweeted: “6years of studies, hardly 2weeks 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 many sacrifices and say it shall be well when I know it is not RIP.”

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