Somali man arrested for stabbing fellow businessman

A 26-year-old Somali national has been arrested after stabbing a fellow Somali businessman to death during an altercation in King Williams Town last week.

Police spokesman, Lieutenant Siphokazi Mawisa, said the man had been part of a group of Somali businessmen who had apparently become involved in a heated argument over business interests in the King Williams Town area.

During the argument, which took place at a house in Henry Street, one man, aged 36, was stabbed several times.He later died from his injuries in hospital.

Police were called to the scene and received information that one of the men had fled to the East London airport. At the airport they found the man, still wearing blood stained clothing. He was arrested, taken in for questioning and later charged with murder. The other eight men believed to be involved in the murder are still at large.

The 26-year-old man briefly appeared in front of the King Williams Town Magistrates court today and was remanded in custody. He will appear again on the 1st November for a formal bail hearing.

“We urge the community members who have information on the whereabouts of the other suspects to contact Detective Constable Elam Makhamba of King Williams Town SAPS on 043-604-0100 or 043-604-0144,” said Mawisa.