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Three bodies found in the west

The scene where a Proclamation Hill man was found dead in the bushes. Photo: Supplied.

The scene where a Proclamation Hill man was found dead in the bushes. Photo: Supplied.

The bodies of two men and a woman were found in the west of Pretoria within the past two weeks. All three cases are still under policeinvestigation to determine the cause of death.

In the most recent discovery, the body of a 20-year-old mother of two was found in Danville. She was wrapped in a blanket and hidden under bushes.

Police spokesperson, Captain Thomas Mufamadi said the body was found by residents, who then alerted the Pretoria West community policing forum (CPF). “Police have opened an inquest docket and are investigating.” Police could not confirm speculation that Erasmus could have been murdered.

The dead woman was Marlien Erasmus, who lived in Booysens. According to friends and family she was a happy and bubbly person, full of life. An aunt who preferred not to be named said the family was struggling to accept her death. A friend of Erasmus, Theo Nel, said she was ‘an angel who was always there for him’. “People will never forget Marlien. If a person puts a hand on their heart and listens to the heartbeat, they will feel her heartbeat.”

Police are still investigating Erasmus’ death.

In the other cases, one man’s body was found in Claremont at around 19:00 on 7 April. “The man (53) was found in the park on the corner of Bremer and Hanny streets. We still do not know the cause of his death and police are investigating,” Captain Bonginkosi Msimango from the Hercules police station said.

The second man’s body (also in his fifties) was discovered in the bushes on the corner of Transoranje and W.F. Nkomo streets. According to an anonymous source, the man used to live in Proclamation Hill and was pulled from a stream. Pretoria West community policing forum deputy secretary, Atrichia E’Silva, said the Proclamation Hill man’s body was found by a passer-by.

“The CPF was called out to the scene. When we arrived, we found the man’s body in the bushes. We do not know what the cause of his death is, but that is part of police investigations,” E’Silva said, adding that the CPF was concerned about the increase in crime in the area. She said more police visibility was needed to help them with their daily patrols.

Police were still investigating the cases and were unable to give further information at the time of publication.

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