A second man was arrested on Friday for allegedly murdering an elderly woman in Margate, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Local police task teams arrested the man, 26, in Gamalakhe, near Margate, at noon, Captain Thulani Zwane said.

Last Thursday, 76-year-old Rita Coetzee was found murdered in her house. She appeared to have been strangled with a scarf.

A DVD player, cellphone and Coetzee's handbag, which were stolen from the house were recovered on Friday, Zwane said.

The first man, aged 23, was arrested on Sunday.

The second man was expected to appear in court soon. – Sapa