A 25-year-old woman, Nkosiphile Nkambule died when she and her daughter were trapped in a burning house which was allegedly set alight by her boyfriend, Morgan Mashiyane, who is also the father of her child.
The incident happened in Kwaggafontein on Tuesday, 18 August after an argument broke out between Nkambule and Mashiyane.
A preliminary report suggests that the boyfriend wanted to perish with the victims but when he saw the blaze, he became fearful and started banging windows begging for help.
Neighbours responded to his call, he then ran off as soon as they were able to open the door. Nkambule and her daughter were rescued from the burning house and rushed to the hospital.
She managed to shield her six-year-old daughter from sustaining fatal burn wounds but sadly lost her own life in the process. Her daughter was not wounded in the blaze and was treated for smoke inhalation only.
Nkambule sadly succumbed to her injuries on Thursday, 20 August.
Police in the area conducted an investigation and immediately arrested Mashiyane who was already trying to flee the area. He was arrested and taken to hospital for medical assistance where his burn wounds were treated.
On Friday 21, Mashiyane made his first appearance at the Mkobola Magistrate’s Court and was detained pending a formal bail application on Friday, 28 August.
Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma told reporters, “This is a clear indication that there are men who are stubborn and refusing to heed to the clarion call by all walks of life regarding the pandemic of Gender-Based Violence.”