Western Cape Police say they’re worried by the dumping of bodies in Macassar.

The bodies of three men and a woman were discovered in the area, over the past week.

“Police investigators and forensic experts combed the scene for clues at Macassar beach where the body of a woman in her 30-ties was found after police was alerted at about 07:00 Saturday (2023-05-27) morning of a body floating in shallow waters.  An Autopsy will be conducted in the week to determine the cause of death. Meanwhile,  Macassar SAPS has opened an inquest docket for further investigation”.

A day later another body was found on Macassar Road.

“A murder docket had been opened for further investigation following the discovery of the body at about 12:00 on Sunday, 2023-05-28 in an open field adjacent to Macassar Road. The deceased was found with multiple stab wounds to the face and neck, believed to be inflicted with a broken bottle. The cause of death and motive is yet to be determined”.

“Macassar police registered an inquest for investigation after the body of an unknown man was discovered by a passer-by floating in a pool of water in Macassar Road, Macassar on Thursday afternoon (2023-06-01) at about 16:30. The body had no visible injuries and a post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

The latest incident happened on Saturday, where the body of a 35-year-old man was found along Macassar Road.

“On Saturday, 03 June 2023 at about 17h30, Macassar police attended to a crime scene in Macassar Road, Macassar, where the body of a 35 year old man was discovered by a member of the public. An inquest was registered for investigation and a post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death”.

The police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk says they’ve reinforced deployments to the suburb.

“The dumping of bodies along Macassar Road is of great concern to police. We have increased visibility in the hotspot area in order to curb this crime and to bring the perpetrators to book. We urge the public to report any suspicious activity to police immediately. Anyone with any information about this incident can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111”.

Meanwhile, ward councillor Peter Helfrich, says Macassar is becoming a hotspot for dumping bodies – and he blames it on the power crisis.

“It will be amiss of me not to point out that the criminal activities, and especially the dumping of bodies, in our ward coincide with load-shedding and especially the extended power outages we are experiencing. The power crisis, coupled with the fact that we are serviced by a police station that is wholly under-resourced, has directly resulted in the escalation of crime in the area”.