Death by fire shocks

2017-10-04 06:03
The burnt interior of the flat in which the severely injured Jeanett Moekoa-Motati (insert) was found. She died in hospital two days later. Her husband has been charged with murder.Photos: Supplied

The burnt interior of the flat in which the severely injured Jeanett Moekoa-Motati (insert) was found. She died in hospital two days later. Her husband has been charged with murder.Photos: Supplied

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Three children are now subject to a life without their mother, Jeanett Moekoa-Motati, who died 72 hours after her husband allegedly burned her alive in Bloemfontein.

She died in the Pelonomi Hospital on Sunday, 24 September.

The victim succumbed to severe burn wounds, leaving behind her three children aged 10, 6 and two.

Sgt Ikobeng Hlubi, Mangaung police cluster spokesperson, says Jeanett died due to burn injuries after fighting for her life over two days following the brutal attack.

She says the husband had allegedly set fire to the woman. This occurred in a flat they were renting at a house in Phase 3, Bloemfontein.

Hlubi says the husband, who was arrested after the incident, is currently being treated for burn wounds in the Pelonomi Hospital. She says the man is yet to appear in court to face charges of arson and murder.

Hlubi says according to initial findings, the couple had had a bitter quarrel.

“The police were called to the scene at about 09:00 after receiving a report about the incident. Both the victim and the suspect were taken to hospital. However, the woman died two days afterwards,” says Hlubi.

Distressed neighbours say the man had carried out the gruesome act in broad daylight on the day in question. One eyewitness says raging flames prevented bystanders from rescuing Jeanett.

“It was shocking to see that Jeanett’s mouth and entire body had been wrapped with plastic,” an eyewitness says.

One of the tenants recounts discovering the horrendous act.

“We got suspicious that something was wrong upon hearing a commotion. I smelled smoke and a strong odour of gas. I then asked one of Jeanett’s children to look for the two-year-old child in their apartment. Then the child returned, rushing to alert me that the door was locked and we immediately went to inspect, finding the apartment engulfed in smoke and fire, with Jeanett inside. No one had heard her screaming for help. We were shocked upon finding out that her mouth had been wrapped with plastic, preventing her from screaming for help.”

A grief-stricken Mpuse Moekoa-Mohoase, elder sister of the deceased, says the brutal death of Jeanett is the most inhuman thing she has ever heard of. According to Moekoa-Mohoase, Jeanett did everything in her power to fend off the suspect’s constant abuse.

“Jeanett had even gone to apply for a court order against the suspect, but that proved futile, because she’s dead now without getting assistance. Jeanett really loved her three children and never lost sight of them,” she says.

The police would not confirm or deny that there had been a court order against the suspect.

The deceased will be buried on Saturday (07/10) on a farm at Westminster estate near Tweespruit.

Moekoa-Mohoase, taking care of the three children, says the situation is dire, with all belongings of the children destroyed by fire. Two of the minors attend school in Bloemfontein.

Anyone who can offer assistance can contact Di­kgang Moekoa on 083-745-9324.

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