Dalton father sets fire to his son (2)

2011-09-13 00:00

AYABONGA Shezi (2) succumbed to burn wounds after his father, Siyabonga Maphumulo, allegedly doused him with paraffin and set him alight at their Dalton home on Friday evening.

Thandeka Shezi, the grieving mother, said Maphumulo he was jealous and felt insecure about their four-year relationship.

Maphumulo (22) allegedly put Ayabonga on the bed, doused him with paraffin and set him alight. He watched all the while the child was in flames.

It is not clear why Maphumulo decided to burn his child alive.

Shezi (20), said he adored the boy and did everything he could for him.

She said Maphumulo came home late from work on Friday and he was drunk.

“He is not a heavy drinker and when I asked why he was drinking he said he was celebrating because he had done something good at work and was rewarded. He acted weird and I felt uncomfortable with his behaviour,” she said.

She watched him fetching a knobkerrie with an iron tip from the room.

“I took my child and ran outside. A man from the neighbourhood saw this and delayed him while I continued running to his older brother’s house. I left the child there and went to a friend’s house. Later in the evening he went and fetched the child from his brother and came back home.

“I was scared to go into the house and as I was peeping through the window with my friend we saw flames engulfing the room.

“We forced our way in and started dousing the flames with blankets and carried my boy outside,” she said.

“Maphumulo was watching the child burn. My child died at Grey’s Hospital on Sunday morning and I still want to know why he had to die such a cruel death,” said Shezi.

She alleged that Maphumulo forced her to quit her job at a local shop and last Tuesday he burnt all her clothes.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said Maphumulo appeared in the New Hanover Magistrate’s Court charged with murder and that matter was postponed to a date to be announced.

Jeevan said the couple were involved in an argument on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning Ayabonga succumbed to his injuries and died.

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