The police swiftly intervened after the celebrity actor stabbed his friend over an alleged booze.

The erstwhile Rhythm City and Generations: The Legacy actor Sphamandla “Spha” Dhludhlu spent a night in police cells after he allegedly stabbed his friend with a broken beer bottle over a woman.

The incident, which was allegedly fuelled by alcohol, occurred on Sunday at Cubana Lounge in Fourways, northern Joburg, where Dhludhlu also allegedly exchanged blows with another patron.

His friend Lusaso “Saso” Sokhela opened a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm against the thespian at the Douglasdale police station.

Sokhela claimed that he later withdrew the case after Dhludhlu, who also stars in iKhaya, said he stabbed him by mistake and apologised.

He said he was at the parking area of Cedar Square when Dhludhlu approached him and stabbed him in the mouth with a broken beer bottle.

He said he sustained injuries inside and outside his mouth. He said he was rushed to Life Fourways Hospital where he was treated and later discharged.

In the statement, Sokhela said he suspected that Dhludhlu might have butchered him because he saw him talking to his girlfriend at a pizza shop the previous day.