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Johannesburg - Police across Soweto are investigating several bodies that have been found in the township over the past couple of weeks.
The latest was that of a man, discovered on Wednesday on the Kliptown railway line. He had allegedly been dragged along the railway line after being hit by a train.
A resident who lives nearby said both adults and children used the railway line as a short-cut.
“Everyone walks through the cemetery and across the railway line to get home and to the main road, Chris Hani. There is a lot of theft here as well. Boys hang around the cemetery and pounce on people often,” said local resident Oupa Mazibuko.
He added that this was not the first time a death on the railway line had occurred. Another incident happened three months ago.
Constable Sibusiso Chauke said the identity of the man was still unknown.
“He is between the ages of 30 and 35. The train hit him, but we do not know what transpired before that. He was found dead on the scene,” he said.
Traces of the man’s blood could still be seen on the railway line.
Chauke said the police were appealing to the community for assistance with the investigation.
“An inquest has been opened, but we need the help of the community. If anyone has a missing family member, they must contact the Kliptown police,” Chauke said.
Chauke urged residents to stop crossing dangerous areas like the railway line. “We warn people against this to avoid incidents like this,” he said.
Also on Wednesday, the body of a young woman was discovered between the Jabulani Amphitheatre and the railway.
Patrollers in the area found the decomposed body early on Wednesday morning.
She was wearing pink socks, pink slippers, a black skirt with white dots, and a jersey, Sapa reported. She also had artificial hair.
Police said the body had been there for a while and they had opened an inquest docket.
On Monday, a human skeleton was found near the Nancefield hostel.
The bones were discovered at the weekend by a young boy who was hunting birds with his friends.
On Monday, he told his mother he had seen a skull and she called the police. When they arrived, they dug up the rest of the skeleton.
An inquest docket has been opened.
Three weeks ago, the body of a baby was found in an open field in Bramfischerville.
Soweto police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the baby was found without arms and legs, and the gender could not be determined.
Also in Bramfischerville, a severely decomposed body was found by children hunting mice. The body was taken to a mortuary.