Teenager set alight in Edendale

2017-11-17 13:59

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A 19-year-old from Edendale was left fighting for his life after he was allegedly doused with a flammable liquid — believed to be petrol — and set alight.

Plessislaer police station spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said a case of attempted murder had been opened but no arrests had been made yet.

In the incident at the weekend Philani Mlotshwa, a high school pupil at Smero Secondary School, was allegedly set alight by a friend after an argument over an Adidas jacket.

His mother, Pretty Mlotshwa, said her son was at a shop near their home playing pool when he was approached by his attacker.

“According to bystanders, the attacker stood outside the gate at the shop carrying a litre of what looked like petrol and called out for my son.”

She said the bystanders told her they heard the attacker saying: “I have been looking for you”.

“They say after a short conversation he then proceeded to demand Philani take off his jacket and give it to him.

“When Philani refused, he was seen pouring liquid on him and then he took out a cigarette lighter and burned him.”

Mlotshwa said her son attempted to escape but the attacker ran after him and continued pouring the liquid on him.

The distraught mother said she was shocked when she was told Philani had been rushed to hospital.

“When I arrived at the hospital he looked like he was in so much pain. The skin on his chest, back and part of his arms had peeled off. It was a horrible sight.”

Mlotshwa said the attacker and her son went to the same school and had been friends.

She said her son spent three days in the intensive care unit but on Tuesday was moved to a general ward where he is currently recovering.

“He is still unable to talk at the moment. The doctors have kept him sedated so I haven’t been able to speak to him to find out what really happened.”


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