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Police confirmed an arrest of Morgan Mashiyane who also made an appearance at Mbokola Magistrates Court in Mpumalanga.
Mashiyane tried to commit suicide on Tuesday by burning himself, girlfriend and their daughter in their house at Kwaggafontein.
Police say the boyfriend set their house alight after they got into a fight and locked the door to prevent them from escaping.
The 25 years old mother, Nosiphile Nkambule suffered severe injuries while shielding her six years old daughter from the fire. She was successfully rescued with no sign of injuries but was treated for smoke inhalation.
“A preliminary report suggests that the boyfriend wanted to perish with the victims but when he saw the blaze, he became timid and started banging windows begging for help.”
“Neighbours responded swiftly to his call and whereupon after opening the door, he absconded. Nkambule and her daughter were rescued from the burning house and rushed to the hospital. It appeared that her daughter suffered no scratch but was treated for smoke inhalation only, Nkambule sadly succumbed to her injuries on Thursday” said police.
Mashiyane was later arrested after a failed attempt to escape from the area and was also found with burn wounds. He is due to make his second appearance August 28 for formal bail application.