Durban - The badly decomposed body of an unidentified man was found hanging from a tree in Shallcross, in Durban.

The body was found by two workers who were clearing bush near Link Road on Tuesday.

Thembi Mhlongo, 26, who lives in a house near the road, said the homeowner had hired two people to clear the vegetation allegedly used by thieves as a hideout.

“We had been getting stories of people being mugged and raped… A woman’s handbag was snatched by unknown people who ran into the bush,” she said.

Mhlongo said the body was badly decomposed.

“There was a thin rope joining his neck to the branch of a tree. His clothes had been shredded,” she said.

Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said the police were investigating. An inquest docket had been opened.

“DNA tests will be conducted to determine the cause of death, possible date of death, as well as the identity.

The motive and circumstances are unknown at this stage,” Zwane said.

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