Girlfriend torches wrong man

2013-03-05 16:17

Pietermaritzburg - Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

This is the adage the State will try to prove in the case against a woman accused of trying to kill her boyfriend, because he apparently liked girls.

To get back at him, says the State, the woman set fire to the boyfriend’s shack, but then fled when she realised she had “burnt the wrong people”.

One man was burnt to death and another escaped with burn wounds. However, neither was the boyfriend, who was completely unscathed because he was not home at the time.

Murder trial

This evidence was given in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court by an alleged accomplice testifying in the arson, murder and attempted murder trial of Senzosihle Sikhakhane, 25, and Sibongiseni Mkhize, 23, and a woman, Goodness Mchunu, 35.

The trio pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The murder charge arises from the death of Siyabonga Hlengwa, who was burned alive in Lidgetton in June 2010.

The prosecution says the other occupant of the house, Mlungisi Mchunu, escaped with burn wounds to his body.

The target of the arson attack, Msawenkosi Hlengwa, was not at home at the time of the incident and arrived to find his shack in flames.

State witness Kombisile Vilakazi told the court she and Mchunu had been friends until the incident.

She said she was present when Mkhize poured petrol around the shack inhabited by Msawenkosi Hlengwa.

Mchunu, said Vilakazi, then lit a match or gas lighter, setting fire to the house.

Vilakazi said the occupants “started screaming” and she could tell from the voices that they were males.

“When [Mchunu] heard that these people were boys, she said: ‘I have burnt the wrong people’ … while she started to run away.”

Vilakazi said a day earlier she, Mchunu and another friend had been sitting together “talking about boyfriends”.

Boyfriend 'troubling' her

Mchunu had commented that her boyfriend was “troubling” her because he liked girls.

“She ended up by saying that there was something she was going to do to him, but she didn’t explain,” said Vilakazi.

That evening, two men had come to her house and one, Bheki Mlotshwa, asked her “what was happening” with Mchunu. He’d said Mchunu was “trying to buy” them to kill her boyfriend, but they’d refused.

Vilakazi said she spent the next day in Mchunu’s company, watching a “game” at Harry Gwala Stadium, and that night they’d socialised together, drinking wine at a local tavern. One of the people in their company was Mkhize.

At some point Mchunu asked Vilakazi and Mkhize to accompany her to Hlengwa’s shack to “see if he was still in the company of the female she’d seen him with”.

She had also seen Mkhize siphon petrol from a vehicle into a two-litre container.

At about 23:30 the trio walked to where Hlengwa lived. They were joined by Sikhakhane, whose house was nearby.

Vilakazi said Mchunu asked her to “peep” into Hlengwa’s house to see who was inside.

However, the shack was not lit and there was only moonlight outside, said Vilakazi.

All she saw through a window were two people asleep inside. She’d signalled to the others to join her.

Vilakazi said Mkhize had poured petrol all around the shack, which Mchunu then set fire to. As the shack started burning, the “boys” inside started screaming.

Vilakazi said Mkhize and Mchunu had fled. Sikhakhane also ran away, but returned and tried to extinguish the fire.

The case is continuing.



  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2013-03-05 16:22

    Eish - Own Goal

      heinrich.spreeth - 2013-03-05 16:48

      @silently "because he apparently liked girls."

      bongani.nxumalo.1804 - 2013-03-05 18:27

      So, where do these black south "aricans" live Eddy boy? South Africa is surely short of people with your intelligence!

      Punungwe - 2013-03-05 20:06

      If we go by Roux's argument (Oscar's lawyer), she is innocent of murder because 'intent' cannot be transferred to another person. Since the person who died is not the person she intended to kill, she is innocent of pre-meditated murder.

      OhbiZz Chabata - 2013-03-05 20:20

      Stupidity sure is a very dangerous thing and it can lend you in a lot of crap. What does one think when they realise that idiocy got them in to such deep waters?

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-05 20:37

      Lol, Roux is Oscar's Advocate. No advocate will take it kindly if you refer to him as a lawyer!

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-05 16:24

    Women strikes back!!

  • Hansie.Crook - 2013-03-05 16:28

    "I blame the ANC for not protecting these people" Like Oscar she has burnt someone behind a closed door without knowing who was inside.....

      Shoosh - 2013-03-05 16:47


      Rüdiger Thiede - 2013-03-05 16:51

      The lesson to be learned here is: always verify your target!! :D

  • solly.beyi - 2013-03-05 16:34

    You must leave as soon as you see see that your lover is a womaniser or vice versa. In this precious life no one must die due jealous. The couple must be honest to each so that incident like this can be avoided. I hope/wish justice will take its course.

      Sphiwe Dllamini - 2013-03-05 19:51

      why one's thumb is down because Solly Beyi is 102% correct?

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-03-05 16:36

    Violent deaths in South Africa is a daily occurance, I am not surprised at all that even a woman finds its appropriate.

      derrick.mnikathi - 2013-03-05 17:09

      @ Musa i'm 100% with you our goverment they already distroyed this contry every body seen that for several occations,,,crime is a bad thing but our leaders they condone it( MXM)SEIS MAN

      bongani.nxumalo.1804 - 2013-03-05 18:16

      Derrick, your crime is not getting proper education. This will "distroy" you on "several occations". Go back to school to get that grammar and spelling correct bro!

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2013-03-05 16:36


  • Bob Wowzer - 2013-03-05 16:47

    Somebody failed arson school! That's an F on her report card for wasting petrol like that... jumping Jesus on a pogo stick that stuff is expensive. On the plus side though, at least she did it before the fuel price hike. Her good timing probably saved her a good R5.

      Michael de Villiers - 2013-03-05 18:44

      Actually she stole the petrol from someone else's car.

  • Jimmy Don - 2013-03-05 16:50

    Darn it really seems that there is no cure for stupidity…

  • Esther Coetzee - 2013-03-05 16:55

    Where do people learn to settle scores in this way?

      Luis De Freitas - 2013-03-05 22:48

      only in africa in the shanty towns

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-05 16:58

    Wen will these women come to learn that there can never be one man for one woman,they just need to understand that!

      Jimmy Don - 2013-03-05 17:18

      Dear Musawashe , although this might be true of some backward cultures (an example that springs to mind for instance our excuse for a president) you might be surprised to learn that it is in fact not acceptable in a civilised society. Please join us in the 21st century you might just like it.

      Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-05 17:43

      Statistically speaking,for every one walking man,there are four females alive. So if there are 500 ppl in a population group,400 of them r female n a 100 r male. Man wud luv to have one wife/gf bt they tend to feel sorry for the other 3 who r having miserable nights,so they help. This is nt about culture bt mere common sense.

  • Mbele Nkululeko - 2013-03-05 16:58

    Lessons from this; 1. Do not befriend idiots who'll agree into every dumb thought you run past them. 2. Isikhwele sizokufaka deep e masimbeni mawungana nqondo.

  • Tshililo Tshikota - 2013-03-05 17:14

    Well she sent a message to the right man, that if you mess with me i will burn you.

      Punungwe - 2013-03-05 20:25

      Which man do you think will go out with her once he knows that she burnt a former lover?

  • Msika Bopha - 2013-03-05 17:22

    Hang this evil idiot. If he was a womaniser why not leave him? Life behind bars without parole will be sufficient for her, we dont need cruel people like this in our communities.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-05 20:40

      Her friend also, she could've stopped her.

  • paul.oxley.520 - 2013-03-05 17:37

    Hey Lulu! Who are you going to screech against now? Muppet. Simply then... evil people commit evil deeds. With guns or knives or iron bars or matches.

  • Tibi Vladimirsouk Mohola - 2013-03-05 17:48

    lol yoh!! MADE MY DAY with this story :)

      Msika Bopha - 2013-03-05 18:06

      I dont get how a story like this could make any person's day. Please explain how it made your day?

      Thandi Manjati - 2013-03-05 19:10

      Made your day? Really??? People are sick...

      Sphiwe Dllamini - 2013-03-05 19:56

      Hey some peole can be stupid! what is funny about this story?

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-05 20:40

      Maybe if it was his children in the shack he would've think it was funny.

      Dennis Scully - 2013-05-15 11:47

      so tebello, it's a laugh is it? You are an example of how de-sensitized people have become to the violence in SA, if it was you burning behind that door I somehow doubt you would be laughing,idiot!!

  • Tibi Vladimirsouk Mohola - 2013-03-05 17:48

    lol itjhu!!

  • Ubonile Seyani Chombo - 2013-03-05 17:59

    all this lonely guys?y just leave him alone,silly wanna destroy impilo,ulimele sisie.

  • Alexander Two-toed Fox-trot Mitchley - 2013-03-05 18:21

    This article is terrible, Can news24 at least get a decent sub as your writers are atrocious. If this story was subbed it was done so by a man who can not read. Worst of all every second article you publish is this shocking, do you not believe in quality?

  • ian.murray.52459615 - 2013-03-05 18:22

    Whooopsie. Hell has no fury like a halfwit woman scorned. Because he liked girls? The worlds your oyster babe, one shack at a time.

      Sphiwe Dllamini - 2013-03-05 19:57

      i don't hate girls .............and my wife knows!

  • Sulette Behnke - 2013-03-06 09:45

    Never date an idiot .....

  • Janti Cloete - 2013-05-15 09:27

    "Girlfriend torches wrong man" - Is there ever a right man to burn...?!?

  • Dennis Scully - 2013-05-15 11:44

    It's a terrible thing to hear this, that innocent people were caught in the crossfire because of a jilted lovers anger - yet I do wish that news24 would employ people who can actually write..."One man was burnt to death and another escaped with burn wounds. However, neither was the boyfriend, who was completely unscathed because he was not home at the time".

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