‘Love triangle’ may have been behind arson attack
THE FAMILY of four who have now all died after the mysterious arson attack in their home in the northern Joburg suburb of Blairgowrie will be buried next Sunday at Soweto’s Avalon Cemetery.
All four were doused in petrol and set alight three weeks ago. The twin boy, 14-month-old Thokomalo, died on Sunday and his father, known only as Thabo, died on Friday. The mother of the children, Maice Moyo, died the Sunday after the August 7 fire. The other twin, a girl, died a few days later.
The owners of the house in Blairgowrie said they had been completely devastated by the tragic event and hoped that the police investigation would come to a conclusion soon.
“At some point the truth will come out of what happened,” said one of the owners, who did not want to be identified.
Police earlier said it appeared that a love triangle might have been the reason for the attack, and not a robbery as was initially thought.
The trust fund that was initially set up to assist the twins financially while they were in hospital will now be used to bury the family.
Meanwhile, in Germiston, east of Joburg, two children and their babysitter died this week in a fire allegedly started by the woman’s former boyfriend – and police say the case is hauntingly similar to the Blairgowrie arson attack.
Police spokesman William Masondo said it is believed the man doused the shack with petrol and set it alight after an argument erupted between the two.