Another victim dies in Tongaat cliff

2016-09-01 06:00
Umhlali K9 Unit and paramedics remove the body of a man who fell from a cliff. Photo:supplied

Umhlali K9 Unit and paramedics remove the body of a man who fell from a cliff. Photo:supplied

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POLICE have opened a case of inquest after a body of an unknown man was found at the bottom of a cliff at Emona, upper Tongaat on 28 August.

The victim was allegedly assaulted before being thrown off the cliff.

Sergeant Clinton Odayar for Umhlali K9 Search and Rescue said that his team and the Pietermaritzburg K9 Search and Rescue team were called by the community to assist.

“We responded on a call-out for an unknown man that was seen at the bottom of a cliff, suspected to be deceased. The body was about 80km down the cliff. Intricate rope systems were set up to gain access to the victim. He was confirmed deceased. With the help of community members and the rescue team, the victim was raised using ropes. He seemed to have been assaulted and thrown down the cliff. A case of inquest has been opened at Ndwedwe police station for further investigation,” he said.

A local headman Gayigayi Mngadi said many people have fallen and died on the same cliff.

“Last year another man was rescued after he fell from the same spot. We have received numerous reports of people who died after falling down the cliff. I suspect that residents use the footpath because it is a shorter, alternative route to Tongaat,” he said.

In 2012 a man spent two nights trapped in the bowels of the cliff.

“Emergency services were called to remove the man. He was lucky to be alive after spending two nights trapped inside a cave. The screams of the victim alerted community members and police were called for assistance,” he said.

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