Dad, not Mum off the hook for kids' shack fire deaths

2016-01-22 12:59

Mbombela - A father implicated in the deaths of his two children is off the hook.

The courts have decided to charge only their mother for murder after the children, aged two and three, died in a shack fire in Kwazamokuhle settlement in Hendrina on Christmas night.

The children's parents had gone out separately to enjoy the revelries on December 25 last year.

"The case against the father was withdrawn because, when the incident took place, he was not there. He had already left the house early in the morning," Mpumalanga spokesman Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said.

He said the mother was being held wholly liable, as the father had left the children in her care.

"The kids were left with the mother who then left them alone at home," said Sedibe.

He said the fire broke out at about 8:45pm, while both parents were still out.

"Police and the fire department were summoned to the scene. The kids were found lying on the mattress, burnt to death, after the fire was extinguished," he said.

The couple, David Mashiloane, 45, and Rebecca Mtshweni, 23, were initially charged with abuse and the deliberate neglect and abandonment of children.

The charge then changed to murder and was applied only to the mother.

The mother was expected back in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court on February 26. She was asked not to plead during her last court appearance.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.