WATCH | Homeless Muckleneuk residents living in fear after fifth man found dead

19 June 2019 - 20:07 By TimesLIVE

Residents of Muckleneuk in Pretoria are living in fear after the body of another middle-aged homeless man was discovered in the area.

Police have confirmed that five homeless men have been found dead in the area over the space of a month.

Provincial police spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters said the man's body was found on Wednesday morning at a bus terminal about 400m from Unisa's main campus in Muckleneuk.

The cause of death has not been made public. Peters said a "pathologist is on the investigating team and will confirm the cause and extent of injuries".

At this point, police could confirm that all five victims were "male, middle-aged, homeless and killed during the night".

Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Elias Mawela has instructed a high-level task team to investigate the murders.

Nqobile Sibanda, a homeless man in the area, told TimesLIVE that he feared for his life after being attacked in his sleep last month. He fears that this was at the hands of the same assailant who has gone on a rampage, murdering homeless men in Pretoria.

"I'm scared of that man. He stabbed me four times," he said.