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By unknown | Mar 30, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

Even pleas from his police colleagues could not stop a man firing four shots and setting his house on fire, killing his wife and himself.

The only child of Kenny Mazwi and his wife, Vuyiswa, 28, 10-year-old Nomonde Mazwi, could be one of the luckiest people alive.

She was not at home when her parents had a blazing row that ended with their deaths at about 2.30am on Wednesday.

The school holidays in Gauteng might have saved Nomonde from a fiery death.

Nomonde's grief-stricken uncle, Mphoke Ntuli, yesterday said: "It's a blessing in disguise that Nomonde came to visit us.

"Otherwise, she would have been dead, like my sister."

The grade 4 pupil from Dalpark, on the East Rand, was visiting her grandparents in Vosloorus, also on the East Rand.

Mazwi's badly burnt body and that of his wife were taken to the Brakpan mortuary.

A neighbour, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the couple had been fighting from about midnight.

"There was nothing amiss about them.

"They looked like a normal couple and we are all still shocked," the neighbour said.

Vuyiswa's father, David Ntuli, 59, phoned the police after getting a frantic call from his daughter.

"I received a call from Vuyiswa and she was screaming 'Please don't kill me'," he said.

Police went to the house but could not get in. The couple had locked themselves in.

While the police were pleading with Mazwi to be calm, he fired four shots and then set the house on fire.

"The hardest thing for me was seeing my child burn in that house," Ntuli, said.

"I wanted to go in and save her but the police stopped me."

Ntuli's wife has been admitted to hospital to be treated for shock.

"It was never a marriage, they always had problems," Ntuli said.


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