Man dies after setting fire to sons, self

2012-02-13 09:13

Mahikeng - A North West man who doused his house with petrol and set it alight has died, police said on Monday.

Captain Pelonomi Makua said William Moalosi allegedly poured petrol over his two sons and set fire to the house in Kopela near Atamelang on Saturday.

His 4-year-old son died on his way to the hospital. His 12-year-old son was in a stable condition.

Moalosi was also burned and admitted to hospital under police guard. He died in hospital on Sunday.

The children's mother was not home at the time.

  • smahlaba - 2012-02-13 09:18

    Shame man. How can this man do such a terrible thing to his kids?

      Vusi - 2012-02-13 09:56

      Let me explain to you why he did this to his kids and himself. When you look at the corrugated sheets of your shack and you can't see beyond a lifetime of unemployment for you and your sons, then suicide seems the only viable option. No matter how this man is judged by everyone on here, I believe he did this because he loved his kids. He didn't want to leave them behind to suffer together with 45 Million other people who are and have been for 18 years promised the promised land. The promised land has become a living hell while government officials steal the taxes we could have created jobs in the manufacturing sector, small business, the list goes on. Please don't judge this man. I wish I was there to help him through his dark moment. My heart bleeds for him.

      Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-02-13 10:36

      @Vusi, it wasn't up to him to decide if those kids want to live or not...

      Moi - 2012-02-13 10:42

      @Vusi - I get what you are trying to say. However, how do you know that he didn't try to kill the kids because he and his wife were having marital troubles and this was his way of getting at her? You never know what goes through some people's minds. To set your own children alight...I think that takes a special kind of crazy.

      Joe - 2012-02-13 11:22

      Hello Vusi. Welcome to 2012.

      Vermie - 2012-02-13 11:33

      @Vusi does your heart bleed for his children? or the mother who has to deal wtih the loss? You keep saying don't judge him but what he did was not a father's doing. If it was really so bad... so horrible that he couldn't see any other way out why WHY fire? Why burning his kids to death? such an excruciatingly painful way to die. As a parent you try save your children from any hurt. Not be the one that inflicts it. THAT is what we judge.

      candice.raley - 2012-02-13 11:48

      @Vusi I feel that this man had no right to decide his children's future the one was just 4 years old and you say he didn't want to leave them behind and suffer but the one hadn't even started his life yet and the 12 year old is also so young so I mean he had no right to decide their futures, also if you read above the mother wasn't at home so obviously she was at work so there was hope for them. So please think before you speak as this was a unfair act of nature not a fair one!

      yolie.Landa - 2012-02-13 12:23

      With all due respect smahlaba, I was thinking the same like wt the hell was wrong wt him, he's a coward. But then again I remembered life has its own ups and downs. There are times one feels there is no more hope and no reason for them in life anymore. About 4 in every 5 people have wanted to end thier lives because of misery and difficulties they are going thru. THis man did not even see how his children will cope wt out him so he took their lives as well. May theyall REST IN PEACE. We are in no position to judge. God will do that. My heart bleeds for the mother.

      Vermie - 2012-02-13 16:15

      @Yola 4 in 5? where do you get your numbers? Fact of the matter is even if it is 4 in 5... not 4 in 5 have done it. He took it a step further and not only took his own life but that of one who looked to him for protection. People can say don't judge. But are we then suppose to not judge rapists, violent hijackers, thieves? or like this man, A MURDERER. And if you say he was trying to protect his kids by pouring petrol over them and setting them alight well then I was obviously not loved enough by my parents cause I'm still here.

  • Bryan - 2012-02-13 09:29

    Rot in hell you disgusting pig!!

      Stan - 2012-02-13 09:44

      never judge anyone beyond the grave

      Vermie - 2012-02-13 11:35

      @Stan Does that go for Hitler too? o.o

  • keira.kensley - 2012-02-13 09:36

    Copy cat crime?? What did he read about it happening in the US and decide to do it here?? Disgusting!

  • Janice - 2012-02-13 09:55

    Bloody Bastard!!!

      Janice - 2012-02-13 10:32

      To whoever gave me thumbs down, what should I have said? Congratulations for killing your one son, and perhaps scarring the other one for life?????

  • Katlego - 2012-02-13 10:00

    People should just die alone if they want to and stop being selfish

  • Olivia - 2012-02-13 10:27

    @Vusi I wonder if you have lived a moment in the shoes of a mother who's husband is volatile, a domestic threat to her and her children? Go and read the postings on POWA and the other websites and you will read numerous stories of fathers killing, threatening and abusing the children to get to the mom. Most likely in this case it was the same story. Nothing to do with unemployment or the likes. It was a husband who killed his son and himself while the mom wasn't there. Why not ask her what happened? You will probably hear either two versions, an alcoholic, abusive husband who took out his resentment of his own life on his wife and kids after a fight or after he snapped at something that happened to him and thought this would be the ideal revenge. Unemployment is no freaking excuse, millions of people battle to look after themselves and their families that includes me as a single mom with no car and a 2 year old son who's prospects are just as dim in South Africa. The difference is I have a brain and don't opt to murder the ones I love or put them in danger by acting like a monster. If you want to kill yourself that's your choice but taking your kids with you is disgusting.

  • Mlalazi Andile Oliphant - 2012-02-13 10:51

    @vusi ~its so sad man js imagine if u ws 1 of hs child wht would u feel ? i mean really it doesn't mk sense @ all ,ok even though he failed on wht ever the case may b he should hv bn patient coz things come & go ! who knows myb he ws gonna b a millionaire ! lets not always put blames on our Government & learn 2do thingz on our own coz if we wait 2b recognised it will take a hell of a long tym.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-13 10:53

    His wife was obviously the breadwinner in the family, as the previous article stated that she was working, now she has lost her husband and one son, as well as her home. The other son will need rehabilitation and care, so she will have to give up her job to do this. Everyone loses because of his actions. People who commit suicide don't realise that what they do does not take their problems away, it just transfers them to their loved ones who stay behind. As for this poor lady, the problems are a million times worse than when she had to support an unemployed husband and two children.

  • ntonty.metsing - 2012-03-08 14:24

    atleast the mother has one son.Deppression is very dangerous!thats where the counceling and family support(thats if you tell them yo problems) comes in

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