Table Mountain death seems to have been an accident – police

The death of a man on a popular Table Mountain hiking trail at the weekend appears to have been an accident and not murder as was widely reported.

This comes after a runner told the Cape Argus on Sunday that he had come across the lifeless body of a man on the Pipe Track.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said the man’s throat had apparently been slit “from ear to ear”.

The runner said he was running down Kasteelspoort when he saw “a trail of blood” and police covering the body.

Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut told News24 on Monday that the circumstances surrounding the death of a 57-year-old man in Kasteelspoort are being investigated and that a death inquest case docket has been registered for this purpose.

“Preliminary investigations on the scene suggested that the man was a victim of crime and that he sustained a stab wound, however after a thorough investigation it was discovered that he possibly fell and sustained the fatal wound as a result thereof,” Traut said.

In June last year, News24 reported that security was ramped up on the mountain due to co-operation between Table Mountain Safety Forum, the SA Police Service and the City of Cape Town’s metro police.

“The working of the TMSF helped to secure the arrest of suspects responsible for the mugging of two University of Cape Town students in November,” the co-operative forum said.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.


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8 Responses to Table Mountain death seems to have been an accident – police

  1. Warren Gans Feb 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    Small update: police think this may have been a horrible accident: it seems the runner may have fallen onto something. In either event its terrible news, but at least it wasn’t crime related

  2. P Marion Feb 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    Rubbish! The person’s throat “was slit from ear to ear” to quote the poor person who came across the body.

  3. Justin Lawson Feb 2, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    Whilst probable, I question how one could fall onto to a sharp object and achieve the ‘ear to ear’ cut!?

    I really would like this to be an accident!!!

  4. micky Feb 2, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

    apparently on that part of the mountain there are short barbed wire fences up to stop people cutting corners on the paths. Got friends who run there occasionally and they mentioned thinking it was dangerous when running past. So the theory is the guy was running, stumbled and fell into one of the wires slicing his throat, then tried to get to help thus leaving the trail of blood and died on the rock.

  5. Gavin Feb 2, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

    When lay people are suddenly confronted with something gruesome they often don’t quite see things accurately. Not sure if that might apply here.

  6. Nic Feb 3, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    I really don’t think that uninformed speculation will really help anyone here, especially not the family of the victim of this tragic accident.

    Barbed wire fences (of which there are many, all over TM) will make a very effective garrote should you have the bad luck to fall full force onto one.

  7. Russell Warren Feb 10, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    What was the final outcome of this or is it still unknown?

    • Justin Lawson Feb 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

      The incident is still in play (autopsy/investigation). An official report will come out eventually.

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