In the Free State, a rent dispute turned fatal when a 67-year-old woman tenant allegedly smashed her 63-year-old landlord over the head with a glass plate, killing the landlord.
The 67-year-old tenant was arrested by Navalsig police and will face murder charges in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court, according to police. The tenant is said to have been sitting on the balcony of the landlord’s house with the landlord’s wife when the now-deceased landlord arrived, demanding payment and threatening to turn off the tenant’s lights.
According to police, the incident occurred around 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday night. According to Free State police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, the scuffle erupted as the outraged landlord walked toward the main switch in an attempt to cut the tenant’s power supply.
“Upon entering the main house, on his way to the main switch in the bedroom, an argument ensued,” said Makhele.
“The argument allegedly led to exchange of blows and the two fought in the bedroom, where the 63-year-old landlord held the victim down on top of the bed, strangling her.
“The 67-year-old tenant managed to reach for a glass plate and allegedly smashed it against the 63-year-old’s head, and that led to a deep cut in the landlord’s neck and heavy bleeding. Emergency services were called and the landlord was declared dead at the scene.”
The 67-year-old tenant is scheduled to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on murder charges. Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, the Free State provincial commissioner, has condemned the incident and urged residents to find other ways to deal with conflict.
“Let us try to communicate verbally and address issues appropriately, without having to engage in fights,” said Motswenyane.