The Police in Ritavi outside Tzaneen have opened two counts of murder and Inquest after a 51-year-old man and his two daughters aged 09 and 13 burned to death in their house in Nkowankowa township on Monday morning, 12 October 2020.
According to Limpopo police, the neighbours allegedly saw the house engulfed in flames and jumped over the wall fence in an attempt to rescue the occupants.
“They then broke one of the windows to get inside and in the process, managed to rescue the father who had already suffered from smoke inhalation. He died on the scene. The intense blaze and smoke forced them out.
“The Police and Emergency personnel as well as fire fighters were immediately summoned to the scene and after the fire was extinguished, the burnt bodies of the two children were then found in separate rooms.
“Preliminary police investigations revealed that the deceased and his wife were separated and that his daughters were staying with him. Both children attended their school at Meridian College in Nkowankowa. It is also suspected the father set the house alight using a highly flammable substance”.
The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has condemned the incident and further advised community members who might be facing domestic challenges or strained relationships, to seek professional help instead of resorting to extreme violence.
“The deceased was identified as Gledwin Mboweni and was employed by Statistics SA as its Acting District Manager in the Mopani District. His daughters were identified as Mikateko Tonia Mboweni (13) and Tsakane Tilda Mboweni (9).
“The motive for the incident is unknown at this stage, but domestic violence cannot be ruled out. Police investigations are continuing”, added Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.