National 26.7.2016 04:05 pm

Man’s death after collapse at pub raises questions

Manie Schoeman. Picture: Lowvelder

Manie Schoeman. Picture: Lowvelder

It is alleged Schoeman’s death was preceded by drug and alcohol abuse.

The death of  Manie Schoeman who was cremated three weeks ago in KwaZulu-Natal, left his friends and family with unanswered questions.

Overwhelmed and unconvinced of what had caused the 40-year-old man’s death, some of Schoeman’s friends and relatives aired their concerns to Lowvelder.

It is alleged Schoeman’s death was preceded by drug and alcohol abuse, and that he had taken a large number of headache pills before he collapsed at a local pub.

With no official inquest launched everyone was left with only the versions of those who spent his final days with him.

Schoeman was part of a group of men who were practising their shooting skills on a friend’s farm on Saturday, June 25. As dusk drew nearer, they arrived at Little Loftus, a popular bar on the Uitkyk Road.

Little Loftus owner, former murder and robbery policeman Henk de Kock, vehemently denied allegations of drug abuse at his establishment. He said he was as surprised by Schoeman’s sudden death.

Jacques Ainslie from Hi-Tech Emergency Medical Services described what he saw that night as the strangest scenario he had exprienced in his career.

He found Schoeman with his lower body completely paralysed.

Ainslie administered a glucose drip to Schoeman, whose blood pressure was low. Schoeman refused to go to hospital.

“The patient and his friends requested me to take him home,” said Ainslie.

Schoeman was subsequently admitted to Kiaat where he suffered a seizure and never recovered.

The artificial life support was slowly reduced until he died on July 1.

After Schoeman’s death, his mother, Marie, ordered that no post-mortem be done on her son’s body and he was cremated.

Dr Caswell Nkuna’s written notice of death stated that the immediate cause of death was encephalitis.

Police spokesman Captain Dawie Pretorius said the death was not listed as unnatural and that no inquest had been opened.

“When someone dies as a result of unnatural circumstances, the doctor who writes the notice of death carries the responsibility to classify the death as unnatural if he deems it as such. In this case, the death seemed to have been natural,” he said.

– Caxton News Service

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