South African woman burns herself, 2 kids to death

(Breaking News) — A South African woman from the Limpopo province of the southern country and her two children were burnt beyond recognition when she allegedly set her house on fire. 

DISTRAUGHT: John Maluleke stands next to the house in which his daughter Nelly Maluleke-Khosa and her children, Cindy and Hlohlophelo, were burnt beyond recognition in Ga-Zhingizhingi village outside Giyani on Tuesday. Photo: Robert Chabalala

It is not clear what caused 30-year-old Nelly Maluleke-Khosa to kill herself and her children, Cindy, 9, and six-month-old Hlohlopelo, but it is understood that she had just returned from a local hospital where she had allegedly been informed that she was suffering from an undisclosed illness.

A Giyani police spokesman Warrant Officer, Thomas Maluleke said the incident took place at Ga-Zhingizhingi village on Tuesday.

He said Maluleke-Khosa had left a suicide note which she allegedly asked her in-laws to deliver to her parents.

Maluleke said after leaving the note the woman had locked herself and her two children in the house and set it alight.

“Both the woman and her two children were burnt beyond recognition,” he said.

An eyewitness in the village, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he saw a big flame coming out of the woman’s house.

“When I arrived at the house a large crowd had already gathered,” the eyewitness said. “We heard a child’s heartbreaking cry for help.

“We tried to open the door but it was locked. By this time no one was prepared to break down the door and enter as the flames were now very big.”

“In the note my daughter said her problems were escalating. She said she was left with no option but to take her life and that of her children,” her father, John Maluleke, said, sobbing bitterly.

He said his daughter had serious health problems that had resulted in occasional fights with her husband.

“She was supposed to come to my workplace in Johannesburg with her mother and children. Instead, she took her own life and that of her children,” Maluleke said.

Police had opened an inquest docket while investigations continue.

Commission for Gender Equality national spokesman Jabu Baloyi said it was important for families or everyone with medical or personal problems to go for voluntary counselling at their nearest health institution or police station instead of resorting to drastic measures.

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Source: SowetanLive

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