Official who was burned alive by robbers suffered a lot - brother

2016-06-22 09:43


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Bloemfontein – The brother of the Free State legislature official who was burned alive by burglars says his brother suffered a lot before his death.

“It was painful seeing him lying on the hospital bed and suffering like that. The robbers should have taken the money and left him alone,” Justice Khaeeane told News24.

Tumi Khaeeane, 46, succumbed to burn wounds after burglars attacked him in his home in Bloemanda, Bloemfontein, last Wednesday.    

“I went to the hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning after the incident and I was able to speak to him. He told me that he found two men hiding in a corner outside his house and when he tried to enter, they forced him into the house and demanded money."

Justice said his brother told him the robbers ransacked his house before setting him alight. A neighbour called police and an ambulance.  

“He was tortured and set alight and that for me was really painful. No one deserves to die like that. We are very sad. His passing is very painful for the family,” he said.

Khaeeane described his brother as a friendly person, who “loved to be surrounded by people”.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Ikobeng Hlubi said two men allegedly attacked Khaeeane with a paraffin heater and set him alight.

He died in hospital on Thursday night. He had a daughter and son, aged 6 and 10. His funeral would be in Thabong, Welkom, on Saturday.

No arrests had been made.

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