Police are investigating a case of attempted murder after man was doused with petrol and set alight. Picture: Supplied

Durban - Police are investigating a case of attempted murder after man was doused with petrol and set alight. 

KZN police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said at around 11:30 in Parkgate Verulam a 32-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and set alight by unknown people. 

"He was taken to hospital for medical attention. A case of attempted murder was opened at Verulam police station for investigation."

Prem Balram, director of Reaction Unit SA, said the man was suspected of stealing a grass cutter when he was assaulted and then doused with petrol and set alight. 

Balram said Reaction Unit members were called out to a property off Tottenham Road with reports that the critically injured man collapsed on the driveway. 

"The caller confirmed that the individual had suffered extensive burns to more than 90% of his body.

"Upon arrival the man confirmed that he had a stolen a grass cutting machine from contractors who were working on the roadside in Parkgate."

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