A 51-year-old Limpopo man allegedly burnt down his house in Nkowankowa township, killing himself and two of his daughters, aged nine and 13
The man, identified as Glenwin Mboweni, allegedly set the house alight using a “highly flammable substance”, police said.
The three died in the fire on Monday morning, provincial spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said.
Mboweni was employed by Statistics SA as its Acting District Manager in the Mopani District, Mojapelo said.
His children, Mikateko, 13 and Tsakane, 9, were pupils at Meridian College in Nkowankowa, he said.
Mojapelo said: “The neighbours allegedly saw the house engulfed in flames and jumped over the wall fence in an attempt to rescue the occupants. They then broke one of the windows to get inside and in the process, managed to rescue the father who had already suffered from smoke inhalation. He died on the scene.”
“The police and emergency personnel as well as firefighters were immediately summoned to the scene and after the fire was extinguished, the burnt bodies of the two children were then found in separate rooms.”
Mojapelo said preliminary police investigations revealed that the deceased and his wife were separated and that he lived with his daughters.
“The motive for the incident is unknown at this stage, but domestic violence cannot be ruled out. Police investigations are continuing,” Mojapelo said.
Limpopo police commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, condemned the incident and further advised residents facing domestic challenges or strained relationships, to seek professional help instead of resorting to violence.