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Victims of the flames of love

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

Pertunia Ratsatsi

Pertunia Ratsatsi

It has been a fiery fortnight for lovers in Tembisa. One woman is dead, and two other women and a man are in hospital after petrol was poured over their bodies and they were set alight.

On Tuesday, police arrested a reportedly jilted women, badly burnt and unable to move, at the home of one of her relatives in Pretoria.

The 43-year-old was taken to Tembisa Hospital where she is under police guard.

The woman allegedly went to her ex-lover's shack on March 17 and found him sleeping with another woman. She allegedly returned with a container of petrol, doused them with fuel and set them alight.

The man and his lover were admitted to a local hospital with first-degree burns.

The police confirmed that the man's companion died the following day. The man is being treated for burns at a private clinic in Johannesburg.

Police spokesman Captain Manyadza Ralidzhivha said the arrested woman had serious burns all over her body and was believed to have sought refuge in Pretoria for seven days, during which time she had no medical treatment.

lA man was arrested on Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court today after reportedly having an argument with his girlfriend, 32, after she threatened to leave him on Sunday night.

He allegedly poured petrol on the woman's shack and set it alight.

"Neighbours pulled the woman out of the shack," said Ralidzhivha.

"She was admitted to Tembisa Hospital with serious burns."


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