Homeless man beaten to death in Pretoria

Crime stock

Crime stock

Two men are expected in the North Gauteng High Court today for the killing of a homeless man.

The two men were arrested following a second violent incident, eerily similar to the Waterkloof Four killing, which occurred in Pretoria in just under a month, at the weekend.

During the early hours of Sunday morning, two male suspects, both white, were arrested for allegedly beating a black homeless man to death in the Mountain View area of the capital city.

The suspects, aged 24 and 31, were first noticed by Community Policing Forum members after they were involved in a scuffle with the victim at about 2am between Charl Cilliers Street and Sarel Avenue, Rekord North reported.

According to CPF members the suspects apparently said the victim was trying to damage their car. The elderly man had a bruised lip when paramedics were called in to assist. However, Hercules police spokesperson Captain Reed Steynberg said the victim’s age had not yet been dertermined.

“The men did not, however, have a vehicle with them and we told the man that he can open a case of assault with the police. We left shortly after treating him. Within a few minutes, we were called back to the scene,” said Basic Ambulance Assistance spokesperson Albert Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen.

“When we arrived back on scene, the two men were still there but the elderly man was dead. He had been hit in the face with what appeared to be a large rock. We declared him dead when we arrived.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Nkadimeng, branch commander of the Hercules police station confirmed the incident and said the men were expected to appear in the Pretoria North High Court today. They will face a charge of murder.

In early October, Zimbabwean national Simba Masvino sustained serious injuries after he was allegedly assaulted by four white males near the Nkwe Pleasure Resort, east of Pretoria.

According to him, he was cycling was approached by occupants in a Hyundai Getz. An eyewitness said one of the occupants grabbed Masvino and dragged him, as the car drove faster.

– Caxton News Service


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