Man beaten to death, dumped

2018-02-06 06:00
Thick vegetation and secluded beaches have become a dumping ground for bodies.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Thick vegetation and secluded beaches have become a dumping ground for bodies.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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The secluded beaches and bushes along Baden Powell Drive have become a dumping ground for bodies, with several having been found there in the past few months.

In the most recent incident, police are requesting information on the body of an unidentified man discovered on the beach at the corner of Swartklip Road and Baden Powell Drive in Tafelsig, opposite the lookout point.

At about 09:07 on Monday 29 January, Mitchell’s Plain police received a complaint of a body lying on the beach adjacent to the public parking area.

On their arrival the officers found the man lying on the beach with his legs tied.

He had sustained multiple head injuries and several bruises to his body.

The deceased is an unknown man of African descent aged between 25 and 35.

The body was discovered by a passerby and a case of murder has been opened for ­investigation.

This follows another incident late last year, where a skeleton was found along the beach in the thick bush.

The skeletal remains were found after 17:00 on Friday 29 December and the gender of the skeleton could not be determined at the time.

Earlier last year, police were also investigating a case of murder after the body of a man in his late 20s was found. He had sustained gunshot wounds. In October, police also found the body of a 60-year-old woman who was dressed in an evening gown. The woman had bruising on her arms, but the cause of death was still to be determined.

The reserve is also where the body of Stacha Arendse was found in March.

Baden Powell Drive is heavily vegetated along both sides for several kilometres from Muizenberg to Khayelitsha.

V Anyone with information on any of these incidents is urgently requested to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Billy Burrows, on 081 267 9400.

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