A jilted lover (name unknown) who was abandoned by his girlfriend suddenly went on a rampage and set his girlfriend’s shack on fire, and in the process torched to ashes seven people including five children and two adults (a grandmother inclusive).
The incinerated shack was home to his girlfriend which she shared with other members of her family at Senthumole section in Koster, North West.
The jilted lover has been taken in by the police for questioning, and according to report, he was in a rage after his girlfriend, Mammy Mwale, told him that their love affair was over.
Their relationship has been shaking for over a year until 33-year old Mammy Mwale got a protection order against her estranged boyfriend.
The Jilted lover allegedly burnt down the home just before midnight on Monday as he was overwhelmed by the rage.
A family member Emily Mwale and an eyewitness said the man burst into the house with a bottle full of petrol and started pouring some on her and Mammy Mwale.
“They began to fight, Mammy pushed him outside but he overpowered her. He then ran into the house and poured petrol all over, got out and ran away, (and) before we could think we saw a blazing fire,” said a sobbing Emily.
Emily lamented that the man has left an indelible mark on their family history and must pay for what he did.
“He has destroyed my family, he has a heart of an animal. I want him to die as cruel as he killed my family,” she said.
The man’s mother also condemned this wicked act and said the law must punish him.
“He has done a horrible thing, he loved Mammy too much. I do not like what he has done, he told me that he was going to kill everyone in that family. I want the law to punish him.”
Mammy Mwale’s three kids – Abram, 15, Ofentse, 8, and Refilwe, 10 plus her sister Mammy’s daughter Samantha, 12, and three-year-old Precious Mwale died in the fire. Grandma Elizabeth Mwale, 74 together with her daughter Christina, 40, also lost their lives in the fire.
The North West police department spokesman Leonard Hlathi confirmed that they have in custody, the 49-year-old suspect for questioning.