Alleged arsonist accused of 7 murders still in hospital

2016-03-10 15:38

Rustenburg – A North West man accused of killing an elderly woman and six children by starting a fire while they slept could not appear in court on Thursday because he was still in hospital, police said.

The 49-year-old man had been expected to appear in the Koster Magistrate's Court to face charges of arson and murder, but was receiving treatment for burns, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said.

He is accused of setting fire to a shack, killing a 75-year-old grandmother and six children, aged between three and 12, in Senthumole, Koster, on Tuesday morning. Three of their relatives survived and were being treated for burns at a local hospital.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo sent his condolences to the relatives of the deceased. The provincial government was offering support, including counselling, to the survivors.

Provincial education department spokesperson, Elias Malindi, said they were working with social development officials to help the family with funeral arrangements.

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