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By unknown | Oct 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

A lovers' tiff turned into an agonising death on Saturday night after 30-year-old Bonisiwe Ndlovu of Ntshawini, KwaZulu-Natal, died from what are believed to be severe chemical burns.

The incident has left the community of Ntshawini shaken.

Ndlovu and boyfriend Senzo Dludla had been heard quarrelling. The two had moved in together recently.

Ndlovu's four-year-old daughter was not at home at the time.

Ndlovu's brother, Thola Ndlovu, said he was not present at the time of the fight but when he returned he found his sister lying on the floor.

"When I went into their room on Saturday my sister was badly burnt all over her body with her skin peeling off. She must have had a painful death. Some parts of her skin were stuck to the floor where she had been lying," said Ndlovu.

"On Friday night they were not talking to each other, which had been happening quite often lately. They fought all the time because Dludla would get drunk almost every weekend and did not sleep at home."

He said eyewitnesses told him that his sister had tried to pour "chemicals" over Dludla but he got hold of the substance and threw it on her instead.

Ndlovu said Dludla, who had minor burn injuries on an arm and some parts of his buttocks, was under police guard at the local hospital.

KwaDukuza police confirmed the incident, but said they would comment further today after speaking to Dludla.

This was the third death in the Ndlovu family. Last year a younger brother committed suicide by apparently hanging himself from a tree. Three years prior to that their father died after also hanging himself.


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