Boyfriend held for murder after another Relela house is torched

2014-02-07 17:02

Another house has gone up in flames in Relela, Limpopo, killing a woman whose boyfriend was later arrested for murder.

This follows a week of violent protests in the area, which were triggered by the killing of 15-year-old Kgomotso Ragolane, who is due to be buried tomorrow. Her hand, believed to have been cut off during the murder, is still missing.

Her death angered the community, who believed muthi was a motive in the killing. Three other people were killed, allegedly after being shot by police during clashes with protesters at the height of violent protests in Relela.

At least four houses of those suspected of having a hand in Ragolane’s death were also torched by angry protesters, although none of them have been linked to the murder by the police.

Today, police said, a 50-year-old man killed his 45-year-old girlfriend by setting fire to a house.

“What we know is that man has allegedly been having relationship problems with his girlfriend. He then locked her up in a one-roomed house this morning and set it alight. The woman died in the fire,” said police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto.

“He fled the scene but was later arrested at a nearby village. The suspect will appear at Bolobedu Magistrates’ Court on Monday for murder.”

Otto confirmed that calm had returned to Relela and the surrounding villages. Police were, however, not taking any chances and continued to maintain visibility at strategic points in the area.

Ragolane will be buried tomorrow, along with 16-year-old Clarence Molele and 28-year-old Stanley Molewa, both of whom were allegedly shot dead by police during protests. Another victim, who was also allegedly killed by police, 15-year-old Tshepo Baloyi, was buried last week.

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