'I regret killing my brother'
THE Limpopo man accused of killing his brother during a drunken brawl at the weekend has unsuccessfully pleaded with the court to release him so that he could assist with funeral arrangements.
Magistrate E Potgieter yesterday rejected Oupa Nkuna's request in the Mokerong Magistrate's Court and postponed his murder case to July 19 to allow for further police investigation .
"The case against you is classified under schedule six, which is a serious offence and warrants proper investigations by the police before any decision is taken about your fate.
"So you will have to remain locked up in a police cell until a formal bail application is conducted," Potgieter said.
Nkuna, 32, told the court that he regretted killing his own brother and that he had acted out of anger.
He said he was the breadwinner and would have to pay for the funeral.
Nkuna, of Mahwelereng's Zone 2 section near Mokopane, had handed himself over to the police shortly after allegedly stabbing his brother Bethuel Nkuna, 29, to death on Saturday.
His brother was stabbed with a knife in his stomach, head and wrist.
The two had allegedly argued over R200 at a tavern near their home.
Earlier before the stabbing incident, the Nkuna family had gathered for an ancestral cleansing ceremony when the brothers decided to visit the nearby tavern for "drinks".
It was alleged that Bethuel, who was unemployed at the time of his death, had asked Oupa, who is employed in Pretoria, for R200.
The two were supposed to share the money on liquor, but Bethuel allegedly squandered all the money on his own.
Oupa was angered and a fight broke out between the siblings. - firstname.lastname@example.org