Cape Town, South Africa – After a charred body was discovered in the wreckage of a vehicle near Philippi yesterday, police have been urged to leave no stone unturned.

The City’s Fire and Rescue Services verified that they got a report about a burning car in Philippi at 11:41 p.m. yesterday. “Fire firefighters from Mitchells Plain and a rescue vehicle from Strand attended the incident,” said spokeswoman Jermaine Carelse. When the officer in command of the Mitchells Plain team arrived, he discovered a flaming car and Metro EMS on the scene. The corpse of an adult male was located inside the car, and the SAPS was called at 12.29 a.m. to the location. “At 1.33 a.m. this morning, the fire was doused, and the situation was turned over to the police,” he stated.

“Philippi Police reacted to a complaint on Weltevreden Road in the early hours of today,” stated provincial spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi. When they arrived at the site, they discovered the burned-out remains of a VW Polo.

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“We can report that, following investigation, the body of an unknown male was recovered inside the car, having died as a consequence of injuries incurred in the fire.” Medical workers declared the unidentified male dead on the scene. The fire’s origin is uncertain. “Philippi police have opened an inquest for additional inquiry,” he explained.

Ward 43 councilman Elton Jansen stated, “This is quite disturbing and sad.” If foul play is suspected, I urge SAPS to leave no stone left in locating the culprits of this atrocity.”