Man’s decomposing body discovered at Howick Falls

2014-04-28 00:00

POLICE abseiled to reach a decomposing body found on steep terrain near Howick Falls on Friday.

However, this time it appears that the death was not a result of a suicide, but of a tragic accident.

Members of the Pietermaritzburg search and rescue unit were called after a local guitarist, Sibusiso “Rasta” Ngco­bo, discovered the body of the man.

“Rasta” is a well known musician who performs at the Howick Falls view site.

“We were convinced that an animal had died somewhere near the falls because of the stench that we had been living with for a whole week,” he said.

Ngcobo said because he plays his guitar there daily, he noticed that the smell was not fading, but getting stronger.

“So today I decided to look around for what had died because I couldn’t take it any more,” said Ngcobo.

He said he was shocked to find the body of a man that had been there for probably just more than a week.

“When we discovered the body, we went to the information centre and they called the police,” said Ngcobo.

Tourists were concerned to know what had happened, thinking that the man may have committed suicide.

However, Howick police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley ruled out the possibility of suicide, saying they suspected that the man who was walking along a path may have tripped and hit his head on a rock.

He said the identity of the man, who he described as black, was unknown and that they had not received any reports of missing persons.

Moodley appealed to anyone who may have information about the man to contact him at 073 172 9766.

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