The body was discovered when City law enforcement officers inspected the dilapidated premises following complaints from neighbours.
According to the City’s Disaster Risk Management Head Wilfred Johannes-Solomons, the registered owner of the property was running a laundry business from the house in contravention of zoning and other related bylaws and neighbours had also complained about an open sewage discharge pipe on the premises.
It was these violations that compelled Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Jean Pierre Smith to go and inspect the building on Tuesday afternoon at which point they discovered a naked body in the house.
The City officials also discovered that tik was being manufactured in the house and an undisclosed amount of abalone was discovered.
Smith said Table View Police were called to mark the perimeters in order to cordon the area off as a crime scene.
Smith said luggage with check in baggage ticket and a passport indicating the deceased man was a Tanzanian national, were found in the garage.
The passport showed that the deceased entered the country on December 17.
A post-mortem is expected to reveal the cause of death, but it is speculated that his death may be due to a drug overdose.
Milnerton Police spokesperson Lieutenant Elizabeth Munro confirmed the discovery if the body.
“Officials from City’s Law Enforcement noticed a body lying on the floor, through the window. The local police were contacted, who gained entrance to the house, and discovered the body of a 40-year-old Tanzanian man,” said Munro.
Munro said the owner of the house was not staying in the house and had hired a Tanzanian man to look after the house.
She refused to name owner of the house other than to say she was called to the scene.
The man who was hired to look after the house was at large, she said.
Meanwhile, Table View Community Policing Forum (CPF) chair Andrew Brace, said they were shocked with the discovery.
Table View Rate Payers Associations (TVRA) chair Mike Channing said they were not surprised with the discovery as they had informing the police about the rise of drug dealing in the suburb and even gave Police vehicle registration numbers of suspicious vehicles, yet nothing had been done.
“Lack of security in the suburb and house breaking is out of control,” said Channing. - Peter Luhanga