Two found dead after icy weather

Shaun Gillham

THE bitterly cold weather being experienced over the Eastern and Western Cape has claimed its first fatalities, police said yesterday.

The bodies of two people believed to have died of exposure were found in the small Karoo town of Jansenville yesterday morning, Lieutenant Livhuhani Hani said.

One man, aged 48, lived just 50m from where his body was found. “While the police were busy with this scene, another body was discovered 500m away,” Hani said.

The second victim, a 52-year-old man, was found in a ditch near his home. Police do not suspect foul play.

Post mortems will be conducted to confirm the cause of the deaths.

“It is believed that both the deceased men may have been exposed to very cold weather conditions last night [Sunday].”

Hani said police could not release the identities of the men until their next of kin had been informed.

There has also been a weather-related death in the Western Cape.

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