Soweto father dies of burn wounds

2012-06-21 13:00

Johannesburg - The man who set his home alight in Soweto, south of Johannesburg, killing three of his children and injuring his live-in partner, has died, police said on Thursday.

The 31-year-old man died in hospital on Wednesday night from burn wounds he suffered in the fire, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

The woman was still in a critical condition in hospital.

The fire which killed the three brothers, aged 3, 8 and 10, was apparently started by the father.

Makhubela said the man had a fight with their mother on Tuesday night.

"They went to bed and he later woke up and went to buy petrol and returned to the house," he said.

The man apparently locked himself and the rest of the family in their house, doused it with petrol and set it alight.

He apparently suspected his partner of having an affair with his brother.

  • paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-06-21 13:10

    Light the fire and retire to a safe distance!

  • Kala - 2012-06-21 13:12

    I sure as hell hope it was a painful death. Why drag your children down with you.

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-06-21 13:41

      Are there any of these people with only 1 child? It seems the minimum is 3 these days. Sad for the wife and children. Why not just leave?

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-06-21 13:15

    Their is a God. good

      Chez - 2012-06-21 13:21

      Uh, if there was a god, the children would not have died such a horrible death in the first place.

  • dominique.vanwyk.5 - 2012-06-21 13:30

    Yes then the kids have to go through life without their parents and possibly go to a home where they wont get loved and irrelevant where they go that family will not be their biological parents which has an irreversable effect on these children

      thandazab - 2012-06-21 13:38

      The kids died first.

      amanda.felton.566 - 2012-06-21 13:42

      jes u right.AND PPL MUST REMEMBER GOD ALLOW THINGS FOR A REASON.PLS DONT QUESTION GOD. This sick father's out there will be punished one day and the kids will have there life back. RIP CHILDREN. SHAME

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-21 14:18

      Amanda spare us the tripe.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-06-21 13:35

    What??? Eish that's terrible! The bastard deserved to rot in jail!

  • ziggamann.shepard - 2012-06-21 13:36

    I am so happy for him. I am sure he looks good dead.

  • Gaby - 2012-06-21 13:49

    I hope he continues to burn in hell.

  • Irene - 2012-06-21 13:55

    Great stuff. The earth is rid of another piece of scum. Hope his death was extremely painful.

  • musamuskid - 2012-06-21 13:58

    Wth? Another love triangle... Sad children were dragged into this

  • Gavin - 2012-06-21 14:09

    now you will burn in hell for all eternity - which is exactly what you deserve.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-06-21 14:11

    Good! Hope he died a painful death!!!

  • Aziza - 2012-06-21 14:16

    *sigh* Dear God.. Please deliver South Africa from evil..Amen..

  • thabo.p.m - 2012-06-21 14:17

    hope he burns in hell

  • mthokozisi.mdluli.58 - 2012-06-21 14:20

    he wasnt suppose 2 die...had 2 recover n face da justice of law damn!!!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-21 14:24

    Justice prevails.

  • Rob - 2012-06-21 14:40

    This is tragic.....The kids must have suffered terribly. Always the innocents caught in the crossfire ! What the hell was this man thinking.........It appears for some, the answer to their problems & frustrations is to burn !!!!

  • Pretty - 2012-06-21 14:49

    War onto his unpeaceful soul, what he going to say in the eyes of the lord about the inocent lives he took

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-06-21 15:13

    Why do that to the kids???! What is going on in these people's heads that they find it necessary to punish the poor, innocent children for things their partners may/ may not be doing?! Glad he died, pity he took the kids with him. RIP to the kids.

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