The Zimbabwean national is accused of stabbing his girlfriend, Nikita Lewis, 24, to death in October 2015, after he allegedly tracked her to the Saartjie Baartman Centre where she was hiding from him after he threw acid in her face.
He also allegedly assaulted her mother, Bonita Lewis, and her grandmother, Hilda Isaacs, 72, at their Factreton home.
His legal representative, Advocate Sheriff Mohamed, told the Cape High Court his client was prescribed medication after complaining about a sore tummy, but had not received any.
He also said the doctor had told his client he would have to undergo a tuberculosis test.
Mohamed said he was concerned for the court’s safety and asked for a postponement.
However, acting judge Melanie Holderness said they would continue.
On the stand was the owner of Pick * Save Superette, Mohamed Jahid Ahmed, who says he was in the store when Simbarashe allegedly killed Nikita.
“He chased after her into the store and sat on top of her, stabbing her continuously. He tried to run out and I chased him, and hit him with the stick,” Ahmed testified.
“He ran back to the deceased’s body and dropped the knife there. He then raised his hands and went to his knees and sat down.
“The security men came and cuffed him. I feel bad that she died in my shop."