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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist

Police investigating after charred body found in Audi TT in KZN

Police responded to reports about a vehicle that was on fire along the M27 road.

Police in Verulam are investigating a case of culpable homicide after charred human remains were found inside a motor vehicle.

It is understood the grim discovery was made on Wednesday.

According to Reaction Unit SA (Rusa), the charred body was recovered in a burnt out Audi TT.

“Tashil Beemson, 26, left his Trenance Manor, Phoenix, KZN residence shortly after midnight to purchase snacks from a nearby service station. His torched vehicle was discovered a few hours later on the M27 near Waterloo.

“His family was advised that DNA testing would be conducted to confirm if the body is Beemson’s. Details leading up to the incident have not been established,” said Rusa.

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Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said they are investigating the incident.

“Police responded to reports about a vehicle that was on fire on the M27 road. After the fire was put out, a person was found burnt beyond recognition in the driver’s seat. The vehicle had allegedly veered off the road and hit several trees before bursting into flames.

“Police in Verulam are investigating a case of culpable homicide,” said Netshiunda.

American tourist

Meanwhile, Google South Africa said it takes a number of factors into account when developing its maps for navigation purposes.

This comes after an American tourist was attacked and robbed in Nyanga, Cape Town.

The 55-year-old man landed in the Mother City on Friday and was set to visit friends in Cape Town when the incident happened.

It is understood he got off a plane, exchanged currency at Cape Town International Airport, rented a car, and ended up in Nyanga, where he was shot in the face and robbed.

The man allegedly used a map application on his Apple iPhone to get to his rental accommodation in Simon’s Town but he was directed through a township to get to his destination.

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