Uncle in court over murder

Grieving family members of Sammy Hlahlaba, Veronica Motlou (left) and his mother Margaret. Photo Supplied.

A man accused of stabbing his nephew to death briefly appeared in the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Emmanuel Hlahlaba (64) would be back in court on January 16 when he could apply for bail, said police spokesperson Constable Connie Moganedi.

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He said Hlahlaba was apparently staying with his nephew Sammy (50) at the time of the younger man’s death.

The two were apparently arguing in the family house in Section P, Mamelodi West, on Friday night when Hlahlaba allegedly stabbed Sammy with a knife.

Sammy died on the scene.

His uncle handed himself over to the Mamelodi West police where he was detained.

The mother of the deceased Margaret (71) said she received a call with the news.

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When she arrived at the house, her son’s lifeless body was lying on the kitchen floor.

Her family told her that Hlahlaba had found a temporary job and was looking for the electricity bill as proof of residence.

But the bill was nowhere to be found.

“Sammy told his uncle that it was late and they would look for it the next day,” said Margaret.

Sammy retired to his room for the night.

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This was apparently not acceptable to Hlahlaba.

He allegedly went to his nephew’s room and stabbed him with a knife.

The victim crawled to the kitchen where he died.

Margaret described her son Sammy as a loving person who was loved by many people, young and old.

He will be buried at the weekend.

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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