A 37-year-old murder suspect was arrested on Monday. Photo: Pixabay.

Police: Plank with nails allegedly use to kill a man

Police said the suspect followed the victim and allegedly assaulted him with a nail-studded plank after they had an argument.


A 37-year-old murder suspect was arrested on Monday. Photo: Pixabay.

The police in the Eastern Cape arrested a suspect for an alleged murder on Monday, 1 August. The suspect and victim reportedly had an argument that turned violent.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the deceased, John Mehlo, 47, and the 37-year-old suspect argued at the Kuyga community centre at approximately 11:30.

After Mehlo exited the community centre, the suspect allegedly followed him and assaulted him with a plank studded with nails. The victim died at the scene in Luyiso Crescent, Kuyga in Greenbushes.

“The detectives obtained information which was followed up immediately and arrested the suspect at his residence in Kuyga a few hours after the murder was reported,” said the police spokesperson.

The suspect is expected to appear before the Gqeberha Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 3 August.

In an unrelated matter in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), members of the private security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), found a dead body along a pathway in Tongaat after receiving an anonymous tip-off.

On Sunday, security guards found the victim – he was hacked in the head and part of his brain was exposed, said spokesperson Prem Balram.

The anonymous caller asked for a patrol of the area after seeing suspicious activity near the pathway where the body was found.

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