Man ‘sets girlfriend’s shack alight’

2010-10-11 07:24

A domestic dispute in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, has allegedly led to a fire that razed between 15 and 20 homes.

A man and woman were arguing when the man allegedly set his girlfriend’s shack alight at about 11pm yesterday, said Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Percy Morokane.

The man then fled the scene. Police have opened a case of arson.

The shack fire has left as many as 60 people homeless, said Morokane.

He said disaster management services would return to the scene this morning to determine the extent of the damage.

“We understand that most of the people, those who have been affected have lost everything,” said Morokane.

He said domestic violence was a problem in the Diepsloot community.

“People should be made aware of that problem as well as alcohol abuse, the dangers of fire and safe use of paraffin.”

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