The man, who is yet to be identified, was discovered by a SAPS unit in the Msunduzi River behind the Oval grounds on Wednesday evening. A search and rescue team was deployed to the scene and was able to momentarily resuscitate him before he succumbed to his injuries.
Alexandra Road SAPS spokesperson Captain Kholeka Mhlongo confirmed the man had sustained a gun shot wound to his right leg, and stab wound on the back of his right shoulder.
“He was assaulted badly, with assault marks and several bruises on his body,” she said.
Mhlongo said police are urging the public to come forward to identify the man. It is said the man had a tattoo on his left arm written ‘Xolani’ and was wearing a blue t-shirt, black pants and safety boots.
“The deceased is unknown at this stage. We request anyone who can assist in identifying the man to contact Alexandra SAPS,” said Mhlongo.
Alternatively the public can contact Detective Captain van Zanten on 033-845 7722 or 079 500 0592.