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Two teens arrested after fatally stabbing Bethelsdorp man over his girlfriend

Jun 18, 2018
Two teens arrested after fatally stabbing Bethelsdorp man over his girlfriend

Two alleged murder suspects were arrested within hours after fatally stabbing a 25-year-old Bethelsdorp man during the early hours of Sunday morning.

According to police information at about 02:45 on Sunday morning, Luthando Vusani and his girlfriend were at a tavern in Marikana in Bethelsdorp and whilst dancing, a patron called out to Vusani’s girlfriend to go to him.

"The teenager refused and went back to her boyfriend. The couple decided to leave and about 500m from the tavern, they noticed that they were being followed by the two men, who were in the tavern," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The couple decided to split up and started running. The two suspects caught up to Vusani and when the girlfriend saw them assaulting him, she ran back to her boyfriend.

"She was stabbed in her arm and leg while her boyfriend sustained one fatal stab wound to his neck."

The suspects then ran away.

"The woman recognised one of the suspects and through the assistance of her sister, an 18-year-old teenager was  arrested two hours later at his house in Marikana informal settlement."

Further investigations resulted in the arrest of a second suspect (19 years old) also in a shack in Marikana.

Col Naidu said that both suspects are detained on charges of murder and attempted murder and will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembilsile Patekile, expressed his appreciation to the victim, who "through her traumatic ordeal was still able to take note of her attackers. Her description of one of the suspect’s assisted our detectives to immediately follow up and swiftly arrest the suspects".