A 19-year-old mentally ill patient was allegedly raped by another patient at Professor ZK Matthews Hospital in Barkly West, the Northern Cape .
The suspect was caught by the security on Sunday morning. The man was later arrested by the police.
“We admitted her at Professor ZK Matthews Hospital when she became confused, as she suffers from mental illness. This is the first time that she was admitted into hospital and has been away from home for such a long time,” the family members said.
The family members are concerned about the safety of the woman as she is not allowed to have a cellphone and cannot contact her relatives.
The woman was waiting to be referred to the West End psychiatric hospital.
According to spokesperson for the MEC for the Northern Cape Department of Health Lebogang Majaha, the department will offer full co-operation to the police officers during their investigation of the incident.