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Blaze victims' burial

By unknown | Sep 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

The remains of the Limpopo couple who burnt to ashes in a fire on Monday morning following a domestic squabble will be buried tomorrow.

The badly burnt bodies of Simon Mamatlepa, 34, and his wife Moshahlama Mangena will be buried at GaFemane village near Modjadjiskloof.

Family spokesman Bobby Mangena said yesterday that the couple would be buried in one grave, but in two separate coffins.

Mangena said members of the South African Police Service and officials from local government and housing in the province were expected to attend the couple's funeral.

Captain Freddy Maenetja said Mamatlepa had gone to visit Mangena at her house a few kilometres away from their home on the night of the incident.

"The couple apparently had a heated argument during which Mangena allegedly stabbed his wife several times in the chest," Maenetja said.

The incident took place in the presence of the couple's three children who were asleep in the hut. One of the children was also stabbed in the shoulder when she tried to intervene.

The 12-year-old girl grabbed two of her siblings and ran out of the hut, said Maenetja.

Mamatlepa allegedly closed the door of the hut and set the house on fire.

The couple were burnt to death and the girl was admitted to Kgapane Hospital where she is in the intensive care unit.


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