A 54-year-old man died at his home after he was allegedly struck on his head by a tree branch in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal.
According to Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram the man was struck by a branch while felling a tree at a friend’s house.
The injured man was dropped off at his home by his friends.
The man’s mother told paramedics that she had to assist her son up a flight of stairs leading to their home and noticed that he was experiencing difficulty while breathing.
He also had visible injuries to his face.
“The man proceeded to his bedroom, and when his mother checked on him, she noticed that he was unresponsive. She then contacted relatives for assistance.”
Balram said they received a call for assistance at approximately 12:43 from the man’s relative after he was found unresponsive in his bedroom.
“RUSA Members were dispatched to the residence and on arrival found that he showed no signs of life.”
The man was declared dead on the scene by paramedics.
The South African Police are investigating further.
Meanwhile in an unrelated incident police said on Saturday that they were investigating a case of culpable homicide after a man was brutally killed and robbed when attackers threw a rock on his car on the Higgonson Highway in Chatsworth.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the matter is still under investigation.
Karou Charou, South African comedian and also the spokesperson of the National Indian Congress of South Africa confirmed on Saturday that Phildon Chetty was tragically murdered in a rock-throwing incident on the Higgonson Highway in Chatsworth.
Charou said in a statement on social media on Saturday that the incident happened at around 2 am.
“The bridge in question is the pedestrian bridge near the Hare Krishna temple that leads into the now derelict railway station. The rock struck Mr. Chetty on his head, causing his neck to snap. He was subsequently robbed.”