A 25-year-old man was allegedly shot and murdered because of a cigarette while heading home with a friend on Sunday in Ekurhuleni.
Lucky Mahlangu from Mayfield, near Putfontein, passed on at the Far East Rand Hospital an hour after been shot by two unknown men.
His 20-year-old friend, Thandokuhle Myembezwana, who survived the attack, affirmed that the men demanded cigarettes from them at first before shooting..
"They came from nowhere and said we must give them cigarettes and when we could not offer them they began shooting at us. I was shot twice in my feet and my friend once on his right thigh," he affirmed.
The deceased’s brother, Nkosinathi said he was about to go to sleep when the multiple gunshots outside came to his hearing.
"After a few minutes, Thandokuhle came running and told me they had been shot, and my brother was badly hurt," he added.
Nkosinathi attested that he dashed out in search of his brother and found him lying on the ground in a pool of blood outside a pub.
"He [the deceased] ran there for help and collapsed. We rushed him to hospital," he said.
He said seeing his brother bleeding brutally and crying from pain was difficult.
"He kept crying saying ';;;I';;;m dying';;;. I didn';;;t think he would die from a thigh gunshot wound."
A neighbour told Sowetan that they were concerned about the increase of crime in Mayfield. In which the menace of such misconduct is very rampant.
"It';;;s not the first time something like this happens. We get mugged or stabbed for our cell phones coming from work as early as 7pm, and police are not visible at all,” he said.
Police spokesperson, Constable Raider Ubisi said a murder case was seen to, and a manhunt has been launched for the suspects.
He said: "The crime scene was tampered with; however, investigation is under way”