Cape Town-091221. Two official tourist buses take visitors to Signal Hill which is a popular tourist attraction because of it's its breathtaking panoramic views of Cape Town, harbour and Robben Island. Picture Ian Landsberg

Cape Town - The body of a man found in the bushes on Signal Hill could have been dumped.

While police are still in the process of identifying the victim, who had been stabbed multiple times, Cape Town ward councillor Dave Bryant said authorities were “pretty certain” the man’s body had been moved to the mountain after being murdered elsewhere. “Chances are he was moved here using a vehicle.”

SANParks spokeswoman Merle Collins said the man did not appear to be a hiker.

The body was found by a freelance photographer who had been walking up the road leading to the top of Signal Hill at around 12.45pm on Tuesday afternoon. He alerted rangers from the Table Mountain National Park who called police.

On Wednesday morning, police spokesman Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said the circumstances surrounding the man’s death were still unknown. The man was in his late 20s.

Table Mountain Safety Forum’s Mark Truss said this was a very surprising case.

“It is unheard of to have a body dumped in the mountains,” he said. “I’ve been on the forum for four years and I have never seen something like it.”

He added that it was unfortunate as it would once again highlight mountain safety, even though it was not an issue of safety because the murder most probably did not take place on the mountain.

Cape Argus