Municipal speaker's murder: Case postponed

2015-07-30 19:56

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Bloemfontein - The murder case against the husband of the former Speaker of the ZF Mgcawu district municipality was postponed until September in the Olifantshoek Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Thamsanqua Mjila faces charges of murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and arson after his wife, Nokhaya Mjila, died at the Rosepark Medi-Clinic in Bloemfontein in June.

She had been doused in petrol and set alight at a relative's home in Olifantshoek. Mjila's 9-month-old granddaughter and two other relatives also succumbed to their injuries as a result of the incident.

The matter was postponed until September 3 so that Mjila could undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Mjila will remain in custody until then.

The incident happened after well-wishers, including Mjila’s husband, came to see her at a relative’s house in Olifantshoek where she was recuperating after being discharged from hospital for a different matter.

The visitors left the house, but someone - believed to be Mjila’s husband - came back to the house and entered through an unlocked door in the late hours.

Petrol was poured on Mjila and she was set alight. The man fled the scene.

The husband was arrested shortly after on Olifantshoek Road. He had sustained burn wounds and a stab wound to his neck.

Northern Cape police said it was believed he had tried to kill himself after the incident.

He was admitted to hospital for treatment.

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