Father burns down house, kills himself and 3 children after argument

2018-12-31 20:22
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A 33-year-old father allegedly used petrol to burn down his house in Ga-Masemola, outside Polokwane, leading to the death of his three children, aged between four and six. The man also died in the fire, Limpopo police say.

The incident happened on Sunday after the man allegedly got into an argument with his partner, who is also the mother of the children, police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said.

The deceased were identified as Mogau Maela, Chantelle Makobe, Mosa Makobe, and the father Thato Maela.  

"Fortunately, the partner managed to flee from the suspect unhurt," Ngoepe said.

"The police were alerted about this incident. They swiftly responded, together with emergency medical services. On arrival, the EMS certified the three children and the suspect dead."

Ngoepe said the motive behind the incident was still not clear, however, domestic violence could not be ruled out. 

Cases of arson, three counts of murder, attempted murder and an inquest were opened for further investigation.  

Read more on:    polokwane  |  crime

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