‘Love tri­an­gle’ may have been be­hind ar­son at­tack

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SAMEER NAIK

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.

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