Body found in the boot of a burnt vehicle

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Firefighter. (Getty/Gallo Images)
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A body, burnt beyond recognition, has been discovered in the boot of a car that had been set alight.

The discovery was made after City of Cape Town's Fire & Rescue Services extinguished the fire in the early hours of Sunday.

"This morning at 07:20 the City's Fire & Rescue Services received an emergency call of a motor vehicle alight in Valley Street, Blue Downs.

"A fire engine from Mfuleni and a rescue vehicle from Kuilsriver Fire Stations were dispatched to the incident.

"As per protocol the vehicle was searched and a body burnt beyond recognition was discovered inside the boot," spokesperson Jermain Carelse said in a statement on Sunday. 

The scene was then handed over to the South African Police Service for further investigation.

"This office can confirm that a murder case is under investigation after a body was found in a burnt out Hyundai Ascent in Silversands Road Mfuleni this morning [Sunday].

"No one has been arrested as yet," spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut told News24.

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