Murdered doctor will be missed

Colleagues of murdered Louis Heyns say the hospital won’t be the same without him.

Colleagues of murdered Louis Heyns say the hospital won’t be the same without him. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Colleagues of slain Cape Town doctor Louis Heyns say the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Tygerberg Hospital will never be the same again.

On Friday dozens of relatives, friends, colleagues and students attended a memorial service for the 59-year-old paediatric specialist.

Heyns's body was found buried in a shallow grave near the Strand beachfront last week.

His family reported him missing nearly two weeks ago when he failed to return from his brother's house in Somerset West.

His colleague Emilia Maloi described him as a well-loved and kind-hearted man.

"In the morning, when they told us they found his body, it sent shock-waves through my body because it was like he was ripped from us. It's tragic what's happened to our colleague, it was a senseless death."

Maloi said there are many questions left unanswered.

"We're asking why they didn't just take the car, why murder him? This is what we're sitting with."

Three Malmesbury men have been arrested in connection with the murder and will appear in court on Monday.

Police are also questioning three other people including a police officer.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has indicated it will oppose bail.