The man was kept in custody, with the case postponed to Monday, Major Thulani Zwane said.
The man, 38-year-old Phumlani Ngongoma, was arrested on Friday at Taylors Halt, south-west of Pietermaritzburg.
“Investigations have established that the suspect [Ngongoma] received information of the whereabouts of his girlfriend. He then proceeded to the victim’s house,” Zwane said.
“On arrival at the victim’s bedroom [the] suspect found his beloved one with the victim and subsequently drew a firearm and he fired two gunshots towards the victim, fatally wounding him.”
The 36-year-old man, after being shot in the chest, fell onto a hot two-plate stove and sustained burn wounds on his upper body.
He later died on the scene.
“The suspect then fled the scene and later took a taxi. The police then received a tip-off of his whereabouts and they stopped a taxi and [Ngongoma] was arrested and detained,” Zwane said.
“A Norinco firearm was also recovered at the scene. The recovered firearm will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used in the commission of the murder.”