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JOHANNESBURG – A South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup football match instead of a religious programme was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country, police said yesterday.David Makoeya, a 61-year-old man from the small village of Makweya, Limpopo province, fought with his wife and two children for the remote control on Sunday because he wanted to watch Germany play Australia in the World Cup. The others, however, wanted to watch a gospel show.“He said, ‘No, I want to watch soccer’,” police spokesman Mothemane Malefo said yesterday. “That is when the argument came about. In that argument, they started assaulting him.”Malefo said Makoeya got up to change the channel by hand after being refused the remote control and was attacked by his 68-year-old wife Francina and two children, 36-year-old son Collin and 23-year-old daughter Lebogang.All three were arrested Sunday night, but Lebogang was released on 1 500 rand (US$200) bail on Tuesday, Malefo said, and the other two are still being held in custody. (AP)

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