Durban - Two bodies were discovered and recovered north of Durban in separate incidents on Friday and Saturday.
Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) spokesperson Prem Balram said a decomposing body was discovered in the Avoca area on Saturday afternoon.
“The naked decomposing body of an unidentified person was discovered embedded in the bank of the uMhlangane River in Avoca, KwaZulu-Natal today (Saturday),” Balram said.
He said Rusa officers were called out to the area at 1.49pm after a scrap collector approached a passer-by and informed him of the discovery.
“On arrival, the scrap collector led Rusa members more than 500m through dense vegetation until they reached the location of the body which was in a prone position and partially exposed along the river bank. The sex or race of the deceased could not be confirmed due to the extent of the decomposition,” Balram said.
He said the SAPS Search and Rescue Unit was called out to recover the body.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala said an inquest docket was being investigated by Greenwood Park SAPS.
“The body was found along the river banks on Prince Umhlangane Road. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated,” Gwala said.
Meanwhile, IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Dylan Meyrick said a body was found in a cane field alongside the R102 near Ballito, north of Durban, on Friday.
Meyrick said IPSS Medical Rescue paramedics were called out to the scene of a body that was discovered.
He said a passer-by noticed the body and notified construction workers nearby who then called SAPS and IPSS Medical Rescue.
“On arrival, paramedics found the body of a young adult male who is estimated to have died 24 to 48 hours prior to being discovered,” Meyrick said.
He added that the circumstances surrounding his death were being investigated by SAPS.
Gwala said a case of murder was being investigated by Umhlali SAPS.
“It is alleged that on April 29, 2022, at 10am, the body of an unknown man was found at Compensation with injuries on the body. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.”