Drug-crazed man burns house

2015-07-30 06:00

Nomfundo, Nondumiso and Mzoli Mzukwa and little Siya stand outside the home that was set alight by their sibling in Gugulethu. 


Nomfundo, Nondumiso and Mzoli Mzukwa and little Siya stand outside the home that was set alight by their sibling in Gugulethu. PHOTO: MaNDLA mAHASHE

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Drugs are said to be at the centre of a dispute that led to an attack on a family home in Gugulethu by a sibling.

The Mzukwa family of NY22, said their drug crazed brother allegedly set their homestead alight with no provocation at all.

Fortunately, three minors who were asleep during the fracas escaped unharmed, but the family has lost everything.

A neighbour came to the rescue of the children in the nick of time.

According to Nondumiso Mzukwa, 41, the fire was the result of an ongoing family quarrel with their brother, who wants to move back into the house.

“He was forced to move out of the house because he was a violent drug addict that turned our lives into a living hell,” she said.

She said that her 43-year-old brother has been addicted to drugs for a long time and has a history of violence against his siblings.

“Last year, I filed for a protection order against him after he threatened our lives during a rage. Two weeks ago, he started coming back again, demanding to be allowed to live in the house as he was part of the family.

On Thursday night he arrived here and started shouting and said that he was going to spend the night in the house,” said Mzukwa.

She said that she decided to go to the police station as she feared that her brother might resort to violence again.

At the police station, she said the police told her that what she had was a preliminary order and that it was not an eviction order, and could therefore not chase him out of the house, she said.

“I was so disappointed but I decided to go back home.”

On arrival back home, she said she was shocked to find the house engulfed in flames.

She found neighbours doing all to extinguish the fire, to no avail.

“The three children survived but we have lost everything, from clothes to documents and the furniture,” said Mzukwa.

She said that she felt let down by the law.

She said that she was disappointed to learn that the police could do nothing to protect them and that the man was still on the run.

Gugulethu police spokesperson Captain Elliot Sinyangana confirmed that they had yet to make an arrest.

“We can confirm that a case has been registered and proper investigation is being conducted before the arrest can be effected.

The investigating officer cannot arrest the suspect yet until his investigation is completed.

The suspect will be brought to book soon,” said Sinyangana

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