A 25-year-old woman, Nkosiphile Nkambule has died after she and her daughter were trapped in a burning house which was allegedly set alight by her boyfriend, Morgan Mashiyane…

Mashiyane is also the father of her child.

“She managed to shield her six-year-old daughter from sustaining fatal burn wounds but sadly lost her life in the process,” said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

The incident happened in Kwaggafontein on Tuesday, 18 August 2020, after an argument broke out between the two, which resulted in this tragic ending.

A preliminary report suggests that the boyfriend wanted to kill himself along with the victims but when he saw the blaze, he became scared and started banging on windows begging for help.

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Neighbours responded swiftly to his calls. When they managed to break down the door, he absconded. Nkambule and her daughter were rescued from the burning house and rushed to the hospital. According to reports, the six-year-old daughter didn’t suffer any injuries but was treated for smoke inhalation. Nkambule sadly succumbed to her injuries on Thursday, 20 August 2020.

Boyfriend arrested

The police conducted an investigation and immediately arrested Mashiyane who was already trying to abscond the area. He had sustained some burn wounds. He was firstly taken to hospital for medical assistance where he was treated and discharged.

On Friday 21, Mashiyane made his first appearance at the Mkobola Magistrate’s Court and was remanded in custody pending a formal bail application on 28 August 2020.

“It’s a sad story indeed”, said the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, who strongly condemned this incident and said that such behaviour can never be tolerated in our society.

“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,” said General Zuma.

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