Two men were arrested after they allegedly assaulted another man, who later died in hospital, over a pocket of potatoes.
The Cape Argus reported Ridhwaan Fester (23) of Parktown in Athlone, Cape Town, died on Monday morning after the attack that left him disfigured and later in a coma.
He died after his life support machines were switched off.
It was alleged that Fester tried to steal a pocket of potatoes from a fruit and vegetable stand in Lower Klipfontein Road in Gatesville last week.
He was allegedly caught at about midnight on the day of the incident and attacked.
Police said before slipping into a coma Fester had managed to whisper the names of his attackers to a relative. Spokesperson Warrant Officer Ian Bennett said this had led to the arrest of two men, age 58 and 40.
The third man was still at large.
The two were expected to appear in court soon on charges of murder.