On Sunday morning the family of the man assumed he was dead after several attempts to wake him failed. They later called a local private undertaker to remove the "body" and store it until funeral arrangements could be made.
Cold and dehydrated, the 50 year old asthmatic man awoke 21 hours later
only to find himself amongst the dead. He screamed for help but morgue workers at first assumed it was a ghost and "ran for their lives". The man was taken to Saint Barnabas hospital where he was discharged on Monday morning.
"Doctors put him under observation and concluded he was stable. He did not need further treatment," said Eastern Cape
health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo.