File picture of drying tobacco leaves

Mqanduli, Eastern Cape -

A 54-year-old man was arrested for stabbing another man to death in a fight over tobacco at Futye, in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.

“Apparently the deceased asked for tobacco from the suspect, who refused, and the deceased took it by force,” Major Zamukulungisa Jozana said on the murder, which took place on Saturday.

He said they had been eating and drinking at a traditional ceremony at the time.

The man deprived of his tobacco became angry and allegedly stabbed the other man, aged 30, to death.

A knife, believed to have been used in the murder, was found at the scene.

The man was expected to appear in the Mqanduli Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on a charge of murder. - Sapa