THE body of the man who died in a fire at a house in Blairgowrie, Johannesburg, two weeks ago, has been claimed.
A family of four, including two babies aged one year, were set alight in the back room of the house on August 7.
The man, known as Thabo, was from KwaZulu-Natal but the police could not trace his family because they did not have his surname.
The owners of the house, where he was employed, later found out his surname was Mnduna.
The family of Macy Moyo, mother of the twins, refused to have Mnduna buried with Moyo.
"We thought maybe the boyfriend did all this. It is very painful for the family. My sister was trying to escape from this man but was too scared," said Macy's brother Robert Moyo.
As a result Mnduna's body was kept at the mortuary in the hope his family would show up.
Thandeka Mnduna, his niece, said: "This is a very difficult time for our family, especially since the Moyo family have accused Thabo of starting the fire."
She said their family had been informed by Mnduna's boss that he was at the shops when the blaze started. He will be buried tomorrow in KwaZulu-Natal.