The body of the man was found on Sunday along Ottery Road in Wynberg.
Rumours spread on social media that the man’s eyes had been removed but this could not be confirmed.
A source claims the man had oil poured down his throat as oil mixed with blood was found on his body at the scene.
Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut says cops first opened an inquest into the man’s death until an autopsy revealed he had been murdered.
“The circumstances surrounding the death of an unknown man is being investigated after his body was discovered in Ottery Road in Wynberg during the early hours of Sunday, March 10,” said Traut.
Police would neither confirm nor deny that the man’s eyes had been gouged out.