Man’s body found in drain

2010-06-21 00:00

A MORNING soccer game resulted in a shock discovery for three Dambuza residents who found a decomposing body in a stormwater drain on Saturday.

Pheelo Makae (22) said he was playing soccer with a friend and his nephew at around 11 am on a plot close to Snathing Road when they had to chase after the ball.

The ball went into a storm drain and Makae told his nephew to go in and retrieve it.

“As we were about to lower him into the drain, he peeked in and then told me he was not going in because there was a dead white man in there,” Makae told The Witness.

Thinking his nephew was making things up, Makae, who is a Further Education and Training College student in the Eastern Cape, decided to get the ball himself.

That is when he was confronted by the body of a dead man floating in the water.

Makae called 10111, but it was his friend who was successful in getting through to report the matter.

Police confirmed the incident, and said the deceased has not been identified. He is believed to be 45 years or older. Police described him to be a black male of average build, with short hair, but with no identifying marks.

Police believe that due to the cold, the man’s complexion had changed. He was wearing a woolen jacket, dark brown jeans and a beige shirt. According to police, the deceased also had multiple stab wounds in his chest, stomach and lower back.

The drain is under a tap used frequently by the people in the area.

A family who live close to the drain said they noticed a horrible smell the day before the body was discovered. They also claim to have heard gunshots on Thursday evening, but they had not heard anything more.

At this stage police believe that the man could have been murdered and thrown in the water elsewhere.

Any person with information can call Captain Eugene Mkhize at 033 398 9722 or 083 280 1831.

In another incident, police reported that a woman was shot in the chest and hands after an altercation with her boyfriend at a tavern in Smero. She was taken to Edendale Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

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