Mystery still surrounding death of five

2018-04-18 06:01
Police investigating on the scene at the house in question which was petrol-bombed leaving five dead.PHOTO: byrone athman

Police investigating on the scene at the house in question which was petrol-bombed leaving five dead.PHOTO: byrone athman

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POLICE have still not found hard evidence linking a possible suspect to the apparent petrol-bombing of a house in Larch Road, Willowton, where five people including two children were killed last Thursday.

Still unsure as to what exactly caused the fire, police say that they suspect it was a petrol bomb that engulfed the house in flames at 3.30 am.

Aziz Manjra, a father and husband, his wife Amina Essop, 14-year-old Mehrunissa, her eight-year-old brother, Rizwaan, and the family’s tenant, Zaiboon Valley were all killed in the fire with Aziz dying from the burns while the others are suspected of dying from smoke inhalation.

With rumours circulating as to the exact circumstance surrounding the murders, it has been alleged that the night before the fire, Aziz had gotten into a heated argument with his neighbour.

After arriving on the scene shortly after the firefighters battled the flames, paramedic Kaylim Naidoo of Daymed Ambulance Services said that the bottom half of the double-storey house was completely burned.

“Everything was just black.

Some things had turned to ash,” said Naidoo.

Since then, Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed that five cases of murder and one case of arson had been opened.

“An intensive investigation has been opened,” said Ngobese.

Despite the the house being an official crime scene and under high-level investigations, members of the public have been flocking to the premises, observing, taking pictures and entering the house freely with little or no control.

The Manjra family were all laid to rest on Thursday.

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