January 3, 2016

#MURDER?: Body of woman with British passport found in the bushes near Durban beach


Durban - The body of a woman with a British passport on her was found in the bushes between Durban's Suncoast Casino and the Pirates Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday night.

Little was known about how the 31-year-old woman died so a post-mortem will be conducted, said police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane.

British authorities would be notified while police start an inquest into her death.

Inquests are conducted when the cause of death is not immediately obvious, he explained.

Pirates lifeguard Bennie Mthethwa said he was on duty in the lifeguard tower late on Saturday night keeping an eye on festive season night swimmers when a colleague shouted that there was somebody in the bushes.

''I grabbed a lifesaving pack and ran down. As soon as we realised she was dead we called the police and other authorities,'' he said.

''I didn't stay too long - I left it to police and I had to go back on patrol,'' said a shocked Mthethwa.

Zwane said police were investigating.

The Sunday Times quoted Durban Tourism spokesperson Phillip Sithole as saying that as many as 100 000 people had flocked to the city's beaches to celebrate the start of 2016. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/body-of-woman-with-british-passport-found-near-durban-beach-20160103?isapp=true

UPDATE: Durban beachfront body identified

Durban - A woman who was found dead on Durban’s beachfront on Sunday near the Suncoast Casino has been identified.

Initial reports suggested that the woman was a British national, however, it has since been confirmed that she hails from Umbilo.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that the woman was found lying in the bushes near the casino.

"On arrival, the deceased was found sitting in a crouched position. The deceased was fully clothed and there were no signs of injuries.

"The victim has been identified by her daughter as Afrikaner, Charmaine De Lange, 53. It is alleged that the deceased had left her home in Umbilo, Durban, on December 31 2015 and was reported missing on the same day at Umbilo SAPS," Zwane said.

"The deceased is not a British national. No foul play is suspected due to the evidence that was found at the scene and her house," he added.