Man has 9 names - but no identity

2012-09-04 09:21

Johannesburg - A dead North West man has nine names but no identity, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Star newspaper reported that police tried to identify the dead man by running his fingerprints through the system and came up with nine different names and ages.

Now they have no idea which - if any - of these identities is correct or what the man's motivation was for hiding his identity.

On Monday, Captain Adele Myburgh said the man was found dead in a field near his house in Schweizer-Reneke on July 26.

She said there was no foul play suspected as an autopsy had been performed and showed no sign of injury.

Neighbours told the police that the man was Setswana-speaking.

His fingerprints were linked to nine different names, all with different ages between 48 and 56.

His names were Jan Gosekuang, Johannes Mahlatse, Mahlatse Mahlatsi, Osewang Matlatsi, Oujan Mokwatsi, Oupa Moopelwa, Petrus Moseki, Simon Motsatse and Willem Motseki.

Myburgh said the fingerprints did not link him to any criminal activity, a frequent motivation for working under multiple names.

She told the newspaper that the unidentified person was a black man with very dark complexion, short with a slender build and a goatee.

Police are looking for the man’s family. Contact the investigating officer, Constable Lehlohonolo Maine, at 053 963 9104 or 073 969 4754 if you can assist.

  • terrence.zulu.9 - 2012-09-04 09:36

    Give him a new name,identify him & send him to next hell department.

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-09-04 09:41

    Give him the 10th name.

  • rock.jason.52 - 2012-09-04 09:42

    Consider the surnames appear the most on his list then contact the family of that name. Anyway just bury him he's no longer important......

      Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-09-04 10:02


  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-04 09:54

    Nine West

  • kbmulder - 2012-09-04 10:03

    They say, you get 9 lives.

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-09-04 11:15


  • thandim - 2012-09-04 10:04

    But why 9 if he wasnt a criminal???Or maybe whenever he lost his ID he would apply for a NEW one...hehehehhhehe or they must check his credit record, that might be the reason for his 9 AMES...

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-04 10:05

    m cönfused wats his name

  • oups.chaane - 2012-09-04 10:14

    Please publish his picture.but why home affairs could not spot this right from d begining.

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-09-04 10:29

    He's gone n no turning back so just give him any name, RIP Mr NINE NAMES

  • chris.mafunisa - 2012-09-04 10:36

    Ive always wonderd whr the Hell does ANC get all diz Votes,,, The followers has 9 names each...

  • riotousr - 2012-09-04 10:36

    "Neighbours told the police that the man was Setswana-speaking?" I was there when they examined his jaws and toungue to find out what language he spoke. He might have been a Home Affairs Legal Department employee. Actually, he is still going to remain in their employ for the next five years. Richard Mdluli.

  • Ethel Mudau - 2012-09-04 10:59

    how on earh is it possible 2 have 9 names.if it was 9 wives i'd anyway

  • ntonty.metsing - 2012-09-04 11:27

    lets see the face,few wives might identify him.a very busy man he was.

  • tdshezi - 2012-09-04 15:32

    Only in South Africa!

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