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Jilted woman 'burns down ex-lover's home'

By unknown | Jul 04, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Police have arrested a "jilted" woman who allegedly burnt down the house of her former boyfriend in Dannhauser, KwaZulu-Natal.

The boyfriend escaped unhurt when the home was set alight on Sunday night.

His family is now homeless and the local municipality has provided them with a tent and blankets to use while their home is being rebuilt.

Police said the woman was not happy that her boyfriend had deserted her. She has been charged with arson and is expected to appear in court today.

Head of the community services portfolio in Dannhauser, Vulani Motha, said it was odd for a woman to make a family suffer when her relationship failed.

"We know of previous cases where men have retaliated in this way after being dumped," he said.

Motha said the municipality had requested the social welfare department to provide the family with food and clothes.

Cookie Edwards, of the KwaZulu-Natal Network on Violence against Women, said it was wrong for any partner to behave in such a way, even if they were abused physically or emotionally.

"We are preaching that women should not be abused. Burning down a home or seeking revenge is wrong for any woman to do if they have been let down by a partner," she said.

"There are community organisations out there to help women and men in such situations."

She urged women in such circumstances to talk to other people if they felt vulnerable or emotional.


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