A senior Mpumalanga housing official has been arrested for torching her estranged husband's house following a heated argument on Sunday morning.
The 42-year-old woman and her two accomplices are expected to appear in the Tonga magistrate's court soon on charges of arson.
The woman's husband told Sowetan that his wife arrived at his home in Schoemansdal, near Malelane, with two of her family members armed with knives and knobkerries.
"I heard a vigorous noise at the door and when I opened it I was shocked to see my estranged wife and her two relatives armed with knives and knobkerries.
"They entered my seven-roomed house and started assaulting my girlfriend as well as threatening to stab me," he said.
The three suspects set fire to the furniture and clothing, and smashed the windows. Goods estimated at more than R200000 were destroyed by fire inside the house although the house itself was not completely destroyed.
The man said that the whole matter started when he and his wife separated in August last year when their relationship went sour.
"I started to suffer at the hands of my wife so I asked her to leave the house. We are even expected to go to court for divorce proceedings this week," he said.
"I suspect that after learning that I had a girlfriend my wife decided to kill both of us," he said.
Schoemansdal police spokesman, Constable Nompilo Qwabe, confirmed that an arson docket has been opened against three suspects.