Two arrested for murder

2016-11-02 06:00

TWO suspects were arrested on Monday morning for stabbing a 22-year-old man in Illovo on Sunday 30 October.

According to Amanzimtoti SAPS spokesperson Charlene van der Spuy on Sunday at about 2am the victim, Mzwakhe Maphumulo, was walking with friends from Lwandle Tavern, Illovo.

“Prior to this the friends were involved in a confrontation inside the tavern. When they left the tavern they were followed by the three suspects with whom they had the confrontation,” she said.

“It is alleged that his friends ran off when they realised they were being followed. The victim, who was not involved in the confrontation, did not run. As a result he was attacked by the suspects and stabbed beneath his chest.”

He was found on Thandi Mlala Road and was declared dead by paramedics.

Police were investigating the murder and on Monday 31 October Amanzimtoti SAPS detectives Sergeant Blessing Ngcobo, Constable Sibongiseni­ Zithumani and Constable Wendy Buthelezi went to the tavern.

“On viewing the video footage from the previous day, which showed the confrontation, the suspects were positively identified,” said Van der Spuy.

Two suspects were arrested shortly afterwards and will appear in court today (2 November). Police are searching for the third suspect.

In a separate incident on 22 October at 12.45pm, 27-year old Mxolisi Myende was stabbed with a knife at Sisonke Salon in Illovu Township and died.

“It is alleged that Myende was at the above mentioned location with friends and made jokes.

The suspect, 32-year old Lindani Richard Bhengu, allegedly did not like the jokes that was being made and stabbed the deceased,” Van der Spuy said.

A case of murder was opened at Amanzimtoti SAPS. The suspect was arrested, charged and appeared in Umbumbulu Magistrate’s Court on 25 October.

The case was remanded to 1 November for bail application He remained in custody.

- Supplied.

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