Durban - Construction workers came across a decomposing body while demolishing the United National Breweries (SA) Khangela brewery better known as the iJuba special building on Sydney Road on Wednesday.
The Durban Metro Police and South African Police Services Search and Rescue teams were called out for a confined space body recovery said Durban Metro Police spokesperson Parboo Sewpersad.
"When they arrived demolition workers clearing the site showed the search team an underground man hole shaft where they found the body. The body was at an advanced stage of decomposition. Two rescuers entered the shaft using self contained breathing apparatuses. The corpse was recovered and hoisted out of the shaft using a rescue stokes basket and a Tri-pod," Sewpersad said.
The identify of the person is unknown. A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
Vagrants and homeless people frequent the area which is near the Durban Harbour and train lines.
The derelict buildings was demolished in stages to make way for a shipping container storage site.
The Umbilo police station have opened an inquest docket.