Man dies in burning vehicle

14 July 2017  Read: 3922


The body of a man was recovered from the burnt out wreckage of a Toyota C-HR (correction based on information received from next-of-kin) on the Sapekoe estates outside Tzaneen, on Wednesday afternoon. A source revealed that the deceased was a well-loved local employee of the Absa bank group in Tzaneen. It is believed that he was 36 years old at the time of his death. Despite rumours over social media that the incident may have been a suicide, these allegations have not yet been confirmed. An autopsy will offer more clarity.

Police were informed of the burning vehicle after motorists spotted the car in flames near one of the abandoned buildings at Sapekoe. The vehicle was stationary at the time. 

Eye witnesses said that they saw the vehicle driving along the R71 and then up to the old tea plantation at Pekoe View, park next to the building and then burst into flames a short while later. The police responded to the scene and extinguished the flames. Inside the vehicle they found the body of what they believe to be a 36-year old male. The body had been burnt beyond recognition.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established and an inquest docket has been opened for investigation. At the time of going to print, foul play had not been suspected.

Community members are urged not to post their opinions over social media in matters such as this as the victims’ families may not yet have been informed of the tragedy at the time. Persons posting their own insights or ideas of what may have transpired could adversely affect investigations.

Wednesday’s tragic incident is the second of its kind reported in the media over the past few days.



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