Ex threatens staff, kids at day care centre

2012-10-16 08:33

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Johannesburg - Three people were injured after a man broke into a Johannesburg day care centre belonging to his ex-girlfriend, threatening staff and children with a knife and boiling water.

The man, Fikile “Shakes” Mlotywa, was in a relationship with Phindi Sibiya, who ran the day care centre, for 10 years, reported The Star.

Mlotywa and Sibiya had broken up earlier this year.

On 25 September he broke into the day care centre, at a house in Meadowlands, and found Sibiya, her 18-year-old son and two employees preparing food for the children in the kitchen.

Mlotywa threatened to kill everyone, sparking panic.

“He was just so aggressive, threatening us all,” said Sibiya.

He used a pocket knife to stab Sibiya’s son and one of the teachers and threw boiling water from an urn on them.

Sibiya and one of the employees jumped through the window to get help.

 “In the past 10 years, he had never acted like this. An educated man with a degree, I don’t know what came over him,” said Sibiya.

Sibiya’s son was still in hospital recovering from his burns.

Mlotywa was arrested and in custody.  

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