Teen describes petrol bombing

2013-07-30 00:00

A TEENAGER yesterday described how he threw his baby brother down and ran for his life when a petrol bomb set his family’s home alight on Saturday night.

Five family members — including the one-year-old baby — were killed in the attack at Mbongolwane between Eshowe and Nkandla.

Five men have been arrested and will appear in court at Eshowe today.

Survivor Mpendulo Mnyango (19) said he was inside the house when unknown people started shooting through the windows.

His mother, Thulisile Mnyango (50), and four children — Cebile (21), Lungelo (17), Mlamuli (10) and Qiniso (1) — were killed.

“I was holding [Qiniso] when the assailants threw a petrol bomb that landed on the child, setting him alight, and I threw him down and ran for my life,” said Mpendulo, who was speaking at the hospital where his father Madoda Mnyango (65) is being treated for burns on his legs.

Mpendulo said he was grazed on the cheek by a bullet.

“I hid in the sugar cane fields, then ran to Inkosi Ntuli’s home and our traditional leader took me to hospital where I was stitched up,” he said.

Mpendulo said he did not know the attackers’ motive. “I think it is jealousy because some people in the area envy our family,” he said.

Mpendulo said it was only when he came back from hospital that he learned that his mother and siblings had died.

He said the attackers set four rondavels alight and waited outside to shoot people as they fled.

Area ward councillor Khulekani Khumalo said he suspected that the attack was part of a feud between the Mnyango and Shandu families after the recent death of a woman who was shot and had an ear cut off.

“We are shocked because this is a very peaceful area and even during political turmoil we never experienced such horrific incidents,” said Khumalo.

KwaZulu-Natal SAPS provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni expressed shock, saying the incident raised serious questions about the collapse of morals and lack of respect in society. She commended police officers for their swift arrest of the alleged perpetrators, adding that more arrests are expected.

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