A businessman from Mpumalanga, who claims to have fired a warning shot to scare off attackers, briefly appeared in the Mhala magistrates' court this week charged with murdering a 21-year-old man.
According to the police, the incident happened when Musa Mawelele, 42, tried to save his nephew from being assaulted by a group of men.
Mawelele, of Hluvukani Trust near Acornhoek, was not asked to plead to a charge of murder.
He was released on R1000 bail, and will appear on August 15.
Mawelele, who is accused of shooting Ntwanano Machabe dead, told police he was at the local filling station when he saw a group of men assaulting a person.
He went to investigate and discovered that the victim was his nephew.
"Mawelele claimed he tried to scare off the attackers by firing a warning shot. However, it allegedly hit the victim in the upper body, killing him instantly," said Mhala police spokesman Constable Robert Makhubele.
Police were called to the scene where they arrested Mawelele and confiscated his firearm, which will be sent for ballistic tests.