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By unknown | Mar 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The trial of the Mpumalanga deputy director of housing and her two co-accused was yesterday adjourned to April 29.

Shirley Masango-Mahlangu faces charges of malicious damage to property and arson after she allegedly torched her estranged husband's house following a heated argument in what has been described as 'a love triangle'.

Masango-Mahlangu, 42, is charged with her sisters Sylvia Masango, 28, and Beauty Masango, in her 30's. The trio were arrested in November.

The sisters are out on bail of R1000 each. They were not asked to plead to the charges during their fourth appearance in the Boschfontein periodical court yesterday.

They appeared before magistrate Edgar Moletsane. He told the suspects the case was being postponed to coincide with a date set by the Nelspruit regional court, where the case will now be tried.

The three suspects are accused, among other things, of setting fire to furniture, clothing and breaking windows. Police allege that petrol had been used to set the house alight. Damage was estimated at more than R200000.

The incident took place after after Masango-Mahlangu and her husband Sipho separated last August. According to Sipho Mahlangu "everything went sour" after that.

A spokesman at Schoemansdal police station, Constable Nompilo Qwabe, confirmed that the three sisters were arrested on charges of arson.


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