The South African Police authorities are urging homeless people to sleep in groups after a fourth homeless man was found dead in Sunnyside on Tuesday morning and believed to have been murdered.
The authority’s statement indicates that, “while the police are working tirelessly to identify the alleged killers of middle-aged men that are believed to be homeless, they have also reiterated the plea for homeless people to remain vigilant and sleep in groups”.
“Following the discovery of the fourth dead body of a man, believed to be homeless, on a pavement on the corner of Justice Mohammed and Troye [streets]on Tuesday morning, the police considers it very important to issue this guideline of caution to help protect lives of the homeless” police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said.
The four victims have been killed in the last month, Mavimbela noted.
The cause of death and the motive behind the killing are not yet known, and are the subject of an investigation.
“The investigation could only reveal that the deceased had suffered an injury toward the back of the head,” Mavimbela said.
Police are investigating a case of murder and have urged anyone who has information about the killings to come forward and help the police to serve the public well.