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Cape Town – The police are investigating a case of murder after the body of a young man was found in an unfinished vacant building in Delft South on Wednesday morning.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said local residents had alerted the police to the discovery in Kliphout Street at about 7am.

“Upon arrival, the members were shown the body of a 21-year-old male, where he was lying in the back room of an unoccupied house. The victim sustained serious wounds to the head and upper body and was declared deceased on the scene.”

According to Van Wyk, the deceased was identified by his relatives who indicated that he was last seen around 9pm on Tuesday

The motive for the murder was unknown.

Community leader Vuyokazi Mzinyathi said that after being contacted, she rushed to the scene to try to identify the dead man.

“I told my fellow community leaders to call the father because the boy looked familiar. That unfinished structure is very problematic and very dangerous; a girl was once raped at that very same place.”

Mzinyathi added that community members had been complaining about the unfinished structure for a while, saying drug users were a threat to their safety and lives.

“We are scared and we have tried to chase the kids away, but they pay us no attention at all. We are saddened at the passing of the boy and scared that he may not be the last one.”

Anyone with information relating to this case is requested to contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer AJ Petersen, on 0718916513. All information will be dealt with confidentially.

Cape Argus