Two killed during two seperate drinking sprees
Johannesburg - Two people have been killed in two separate incidents involving heavy drinking in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.
"On Sunday morning...eight friends in Kwanobuhle went on a drinking spree at a local tavern," said Lt-Col Priscilla Naidu in a statement.
She said that when the men later decided to leave, they "agreed to share the last beer while they all walked home."
One of the men, aged 30, got involved in an argument with another man in the group as he apparently wanted the first sip of beer.
He then hit his friend who had the bottle.
The man with the bottle then used it to hit the 30-year-old in the face.
The victim fell and bumped his head on the ground. He was taken to hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
The man who hit the other with the bottle has been arrested and was to appear in the Kwanobuhle Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of murder.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a couple and another man were drinking together at a home in Rosedale when "an argument broke out between the two men and they started to assault one another," said Naidu.
One of the men, 40, went into the house and fetched a knife. He then stabbed the other man, 37, in the chest.
The victim was rushed to Uitenhage provincial hospital where he later died.
The 40-year-old is apparently on the run from police.