THEY had become the best of friends and often drank together.
But they fought over a woman and their friendship turned sour.
According to Leslie Mkhize (35), his friend accused him of having an affair with his curvy woman.
A fight broke out on Saturday night, 3 April.
But he managed to escape although the other man had two friends with him.
When Leslie got to his shack in Jeffesville in Atteridgeville, Tshwane, he found it had been set on fire.
“I know he came back to burn my shack,” said Leslie.
He told Daily Sun he couldn’t save anything from the fire.
The 35-year-old Leslie said his friend accused him of something he didn’t do.
“I’m not dating his partner. I only know her,” he said.
He said his friend called him on Tuesday, 6 April to offer him an apology.
“That won’t bring back my shack and belongings,” he said.
“Sorry will not fix things or bring back my shack.”
He said his friend admitted to burning down his shack.
Leslie said he was left with the clothes on his back and is now sleeping at other friends’ places.
The woman who’s accused of dating Leslie said: “I heard they were fighting over me, and that a shack was burned down.
“My man is just jealous. I’d never date his friend.”
Leslie’s friend said they fought because Leslie was seeing his partner behind his back.
But he denied ever admitting to Leslie that it was he who torched his shack.
“Yes, we fought. But I never burnt his shack,” he said before ending the call.
Captain Kay Makhubele said: “Leslie must visit the police station and tell the station commander the suspect confessed so he can open a case.”
The City of Tshwane’s emergency services deputy chief, Charles Mabaso, urged the community to use their toll-free number, 107, to report a fire or any life-threatening emergencies.