Willowvale fire victims were actually murdered then set alight: Police

OCTOBER 14, 2016

The three people, who reportedly died in a fire early on Tuesday morning at Matolweni Locality, in Nqadu Village, Willowvale, were actually beaten to death before the house was set alight.

In an initial report, Willowvale police said that neighbors saw flames coming out of the house and they tried to enter the premises, but the gate was locked. They later managed to open it.

“Unfortunately, a 70-year-old granny and her two grandchildren, aged between 9 and 11 years-old, all perished in the fire,” police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, said then, adding that an electrical fault was suspected to be the cause of the fire.

However, a fourth victim, told police of how she survived a brutal attack after being abducted and raped elsewhere by the unidentified assailant.

Police believe the assailant also broke into the house where he attacked the elderly woman and the children.

Local police have since launched a manhunt for the suspect, who faces charges of murder, rape and arson.