IMBIBERS scurried for cover when their drinking partner axed a man on the head after a heated argument over beer.
The attempted murder incident happened in Cowdray Park suburb last week on Sunday at a shebeen.
Speaking to B-Metro, Kelvin Manyathela said the whole fracas happened fast as they were taking wise waters at a shebeen in the suburb.
Manyathela said it started with usual shebeen talk but it suddenly took a u- turn when Thabani Nyathi accused him of showing off to the ladies.
“He accused me of refusing to buy him alcohol and showing off money by buying ladies beer. As a result we had a fierce argument. While we were arguing he reached for his axe in his pocket. He then axed me in the head declaring that he would kill me,” he said.
He added : “ As I was trying to stop the blood gushing from my head Thabani tried to flee as residents were baying for his blood. They pursued him and caught up with him and meted out instant justice on him.”
A source close to investigations said Thabani was escorted to a police station as residents had a free-for-all in battering him for almost killing Kelvin. They handed him over to the police leading to his arrest.
Kelvin was rushed to Mpilo hospital for treatment. He has been discharged and is recovering at home.
Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele confirmed the incident: “We would like to urge members of the public to refrain from taking law into their hands.”
She urged members of the public to engage a third party like a pastor, police officers or elders whenever they had a dispute.