KZN police recover body of alleged thief who plunged 800m down a slope

Search and rescue personnel on the scene in Newlands West, Durban, where the body of a man was recovered from dense bush on April 5 2019.
Search and rescue personnel on the scene in Newlands West, Durban, where the body of a man was recovered from dense bush on April 5 2019.
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Police have opened an inquest docket following the death of a man who was shot while allegedly fleeing the scene of a housebreaking in Durban in the early hours of Friday. 

Police spokesperson Lt-Col Thulani Zwane said the incident occurred in Wadfield Crescent in Newlands West.

"Members of Durban Search and Rescue and the Metro Police's search and rescue were called out to Newlands West to recover the body of an unknown male who was shot while allegedly fleeing the scene of a housebreaking in Wadfield Crescent. The body was located by the SAPS K9 unit 800m down a steep slope in dense bushes."

Zwane said the team used a rescue basket to carry the body to the road.

"A case of murder has been registered," he said, and police were also investigating the  housebreaking.


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