News 19.6.2015 04:54 pm

Homeless man freezes to death in KZN

It is believed he died from hypothermia, but the exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Pic: Newcastle Advertiser

It is believed he died from hypothermia, but the exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Pic: Newcastle Advertiser

A middle-aged homeless man was found dead underneath a postal box at the Amanath centre in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday morning.

A resident at a nearby block of flats was reportedly alerted to the body by municipal cleaners at about 6.30am. They then informed the police, Newcastle Advertiser reported.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics responded immediately and pronounced the man dead on the scene. It is believed he died from hypothermia, but the exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

This after community members donated food, blankets and clothes to homeless people in the area earlier this week.

“Through your kindness, these men and women can face the remainder of winter with a braver face, knowing their chances of fighting off hypothermia are so much better,” Sibusiso Mbokeka, a homeless man, said.

In February, an inquest docket was opened after a homeless man was found dead under a bridge on Nelson Mandela Drive in Pretoria.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Ann Poortman said the man was found dead by friends. “Police do not suspect any foul play, as his friends confirmed he had been sick,” added Poortman.

The cause of death was unknown.

In August 2013, a man froze to death in Kuilsriver, in Cape Town. According to paramedics, police had found two men unresponsive huddled under wet cardboard boxes. When paramedics arrived one of the men was dead.

– Caxton News Service

 

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