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Eastern Cape - A thirty-year-old man will appear in court on charges of murder and arson after the deaths of five people in a house fire in Ikhwezi, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, police said

Police spokesman Captain Khaya Tonjeni said the fire started in the house in the early hours of Wednesday morning while the family was asleep.

''The bodies of five people - four males and one female - aged between 20 to 33 were discovered by police forensics at the crime scene. Another male was rushed to hospital where he is reported to be in critical condition. According to information received by the police, a quarrel ensued between the suspects and the deceased the previous day,'' said Tonjeni.

The suspect will appear in the Mthatha Magistrate's Court on charges of murder and arson on Friday.

Eastern Cape police are still searching for a second suspect. 

African News Agency/ANA