Thembisa doctor dies after being tortured and stabbed

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After being tortured and then stabbed multiple times in the head during a home robbery, well-known Thembisa medical practitioner Dr Oupa Chuene, 66, died later in hospital, reports TimesLIVE.

Chuene was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood in his yard. Apart from being stabbed, he had two broken limbs — possibly inflicted by hammer blows, said his brother, Bally Chuene.

“One hammer was three metres away from where he was lying and we found the other in the house. He had multiple stab wounds on the head and was bleeding profusely. He was in a pool of blood but still conscious somehow. We rushed him to the hospital and on arrival they put him on a ventilator but a couple of hours later he passed on,” Bally said.

Police have arrested one suspect and are searching for three more.

Bally said the Thembisa community and colleagues were devastated. “He was very generous, he was a very hard working person, community-orientated. A lot of people came to him … and he would treat them for no fee. He was a workaholic,” he said.

The doctor leaves behind six children, the youngest aged nine.


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