Eastern Cape teens killed after arguments

2011-12-18 13:26
Johannesburg - Two teenagers have been killed after arguments in separate incidents near Mthatha, Eastern Cape police said on Sunday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death by another man of the same age in Tsolo on Saturday night.

"An argument started between the two men at a traditional ceremony around 21:00," he said. "They both pulled out knives and stabbed each other."

One man died on the way to a local hospital. His alleged murderer was admitted to the same hospital, where he was under police guard.

"The man will face a charge of murder in court as soon as he recovers," Fatyela said.

In a separate incident in Bityi, a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death by another man of the same age around 23:00 on Saturday.

The two were walking from a shebeen when an argument broke out between them, Fatyela said.

"One man pulled out a knife and stabbed [the other] before he ran away. The wounded man died on the scene."

Police followed leads and arrested the alleged killer at his home a short while later, Fatyela said.

He was expected to face a murder charge in the Bityi Periodical Court on Monday.

The causes of the arguments in both incidents were not known, Fatyela said.
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