Bound body found in Johannesburg field

2012-02-18 14:25

Johannesburg - The body of a man was found tied up in a field in Soweto on Saturday, Johannesburg police said.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said a man was collecting scrap metal in an open field between Dobsonville and Doringkop when he came across the body just before 08:00.

"He saw the body of a man tied up with rope. His hands and legs were tied at the back. He also had sellotape wrapped around his head."

When police untied the man, believed to be in his 30s, they found he was also handcuffed.

"We also found an open wound in his head. He might have been killed somewhere else and dropped there."

Police opened a murder docket and asked the public to come forward with any information

  • Janice - 2012-02-18 14:37

    Eish, how horrible.

      Sharon - 2012-02-18 16:58

      I think that there is nothing worse than when you look into your assailant's face, and see absolutely no shred of humanity or mercy there. Only total indifference.

  • Patsy - 2012-02-18 14:46

    Aren't some people the pits of creation.... Pooor guy.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-18 14:55

    Underworld or Gangland assasination!!! Close the windows, switch off the lights.

      rbphiri - 2012-02-18 16:09

      No let's not give such creatures the satisfaction, rather gather community members together and let's unite and bring safety to our areas through a citizen watch in each neighbour hood.

  • albert.ofentse - 2012-02-18 15:33

    Oh, poor guy!Some people are heartless and inhuman!How can a person do that to other human? Tsk tsk, this is horrible!

  • Sharon - 2012-02-18 15:45

    Is this what freedom is all about?? One can't walk anywhere, especially after dark. Dreadful situation, condolences to the victim's family, I am sure he will be missed...

  • Sean - 2012-02-18 16:47

    South Africa's version of a serial killing perhaps or a contract killing by mafioso?Can't rule out these two methods of killing despite the usual way numerous people do get murdered in South Africa.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-18 16:48

    the sorry state of our cANCer nation

  • brianmacza - 2012-02-18 18:20

    could just be bondage gone wrong ;o)

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-18 18:53

      Send it to the botanical research Dept. All sorts of funny things grow in our veld these days

  • duzi.dxulu - 2012-02-18 19:27

    cruel,if they found must be hanged this busted.**yo human!

  • Nico - 2012-02-18 19:28

    I know everybody is VERY race sensitive. But in an article like this, it may well assist the police in the investigation if the public knows whether the man was african, asian, european or whatever. If they can disclose the GENDER without being chastised, the race and estimated age can just as well be disclosed.

  • Gail - 2012-02-18 19:42

    As tragic as this killing is and condolences to the family of this man I find it equally tragic that the fear of racism prevents us from knowing whether this man is caucasian or darker-skinned. One cannot assume that since the body was found in a field near Soweto that this man is obviously darkskinned as people have done here. All we really know about this man is that he was about 30 and had sellotape on his head and a wound. How is the public expected to assist in identifying him when we do not know even how tall he is never mind whether he was found naked or clothed in anything that family could identify. If he was Zimbabwean or an illegal alien he obviously won't have fingerprints in the system by which he can be identified.South Africans are more brown than black unless they are Caucasian or mixed. Let's grow up a little here and accept that identifying the ethnicity of someone be they dead or alive in a newspaper report can be done in a responsible and respectful manner. Wouldn't this lead to less assumptions and racism at least on this forum? How would it be racist/offensive should the police have released the fact that from his complexion it is possible that he came from a country to the North of us? Alternatively that the man was of Caucasian origin. It would help to eliminate people who are missing somebody from thinking it was their family member nd speed up the identification process.

      Sharon - 2012-02-18 21:04

      You're right, Gail. Murder is murder, no matter what race. It could very well have been the consequence of a hijacking!! Whatever his race, he was still loved, and probably has a family worried sick about him.

  • Roslyn - 2012-02-19 09:09

    Why can't the news say if the victim was Black or White..BUT whatever race, it is still shocking..

  • cathy.eksteen - 2012-02-20 08:08

    How about giving a discription of the person so people can have an idea of who it might be?

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