A 35-year-old suspended police Constable attached to Thohoyandou SAPS, was on the morning of 5 March, arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly doused his wife aged 30 and daughter with fuel and attempted to burn them at his wife’s residence in Thohoyandou P-West, in the early hours of Sunday 5 March 2023.
The suspect, who is currently separated from his wife, allegedly went to his wife’s house and knocked at the window of a room in which his wife and daughter were sleeping and told them that he had brought his child’s drink (mageu). The woman opened the window and took it.
After some minutes her husband returned and gained entry into the bedroom carrying fuel, he poured it over both his wife and daughter.
Before he could torch them, the victim managed to grab the lighter, and let him cool off and she thereafter ran to the police station leaving the suspect in the house. She returned with the police and the suspect was immediately arrested.
The Constable was out on bail after he was arrested for assaulting his wife (GBV) last month and was on suspension from the SAPS.
The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has strongly condemned the conduct of this member. “The SAPS shall not tolerate members who place the lives of women and children at risk. This incident by one of our own is not just an embarrassment but also jeopardizes our efforts aimed at reducing incidents of Gender Based Violence both internally and externally. Our investigating officer will ensure that he forfeits his bail due to the latest incident,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.
The suspect will appear in Thohoyandou Magistrates’ Court facing a charges of attempted murder and housebreaking.