Cape Town Man Kills Landlady’s Boyfriend After Argument Over Electricity

Cape Town Man Kills Landlady’s Boyfriend After Argument Over Electricity

  • Two people got involved in a fight over electricity and one of them was killed after the argument became physical
  • The incident happened in Cape Town between a man and his landlady’s boyfriend, who fought with him because of electrical units
  • South Africans debated the incident as some believed that it was self-defence, while others were adamant he should be arrested

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email with 'CA' in the subject line.

A man from Cape Town was killed after he got into an argument with his girlfriend's tenant
South Africans are angry after a man killed his landlady's boyfriend over electricity. Images: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg via Getty Images and Tara Moore
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A fight over electricity left one person dead and another on the run. This happened when a man killed his landlady’s boyfriend during an argument over electricity units.

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Cape Town man argues with landlady's boyfriend

According to Daily Voice, the incident happened in the Phumlani Informal Settlement in Cape Town. The tenant allegedly lived in one of the shacks that were in the landlady’s backyard.

He reportedly contributed prepaid electricity worth R10 to his landlady. He bought the same amount in electricity the next week and the argument ensued over it not being ebough.

The suspect got into an argument with the landlady’s boyfriend, who grabbed a hammer and hit him on the head with it. The suspect retaliated and allegedly bashed the victim with a brick over the head.

Both were treated for their injuries. The victim, however, died while he was being treated. The South African Police Service are investigating a case of murder and are searching for the suspect after he escaped.

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Netizens want him to get caught

South Africans on Facebook called for his swift arrest.

Mari Jane said:

“He can run, but not hide.”

Mark Embassy wrote:

“This land is too corrupt. They’ll give this person four years for murder.”

Zerena Philip commented:

“You can’t hide from the cops.”

Some believed that he defended himself.

“The (boyfriend of the) landlord hit him with a hammer and he retaliated with a brick. Self defence, unless you’re going to let someone hit you with a hammer while you smile at him.”

Charnelle Nelson remarked:

“It’s self-defence. He started first.”

Dies Irae Morte added:

“If someone hits me with a hammer, I am not going to make him a cup of tea. He should not have run because it makes his cse worse. If his story checks out, self-defence can be pleaded.”

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The incident happened in Limpopo and they got into a verbal fight. The man angrily left and came back with a sharp object, which he used to kill his wife. He was arrested on the spot.

Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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