Family members say Anthea Julies, 55, had been walking to a shop in Artemis Road, Woodlands, on Thursday when she was attacked.
Anthea, who previously worked for the Western Cape Government Emergency Services, was rushed to the Mitchells Plain District Hospital where she was treated in the intensive care unit after her organs began to fail.
She passed away on Monday.
Anthea also had severe head injuries and was apparently “almost unrecognisable” to family and ex-colleagues.
Anthea resigned from EMS more than six years ago due to personal reasons and was a mother to three children.
A relative, who asked not to be named, says the family is now seeking answers.
“The family is not sure what happened, the incident took place in Artemis Street and she was on her way to the shop when she was attacked.”
The relative says Anthea had had a concussion.
“Her body began to shut down and her kidneys began to fail,” the relative says.
Former colleagues describe Anthea as someone who went out of her way for patients: “She would feed some of them with bread or soup. That is how we will remember her.
“We understand that when the ambulance crew brought her into hospital, they didn’t even recognise her so bad were her injuries.”
Police spokesperson, Constable Wesley Twigg, says an inquest docket rather than a murder docket has been opened into Anthea death.
“This office can confirm that an inquest case was opened for investigation following the death of a 55-year-old female at a medical facility in Mitchell’s Plain on Monday, 10 September.”