Woman has argument with boyfriend, ‘sets self alight’

Remains of the burnt car. Pic: Rekord East

Remains of the burnt car. Pic: Rekord East

A woman was badly burnt when she allegedly attempted to commit suicide by setting her car alight, police said.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Nhlakanipho Mthembu said the woman tried to set herself alight by putting her car on fire while inside it on Sunday, Rekord East reported.

“The security guys in one of the flats heard screams. When they went out, they saw a vehicle up in flames. Luckily they managed to rescue the woman in the car, though she was burnt badly. The security staff and residents tried to put out the fire but couldn’t. Police and firefighters arrived shortly afterwards and extinguished the flames,” added Mthembu

One of the residents said he heard a big explosion while in his room.

“I ran out of the flat, and I saw a white Chevrolet/Corsa van in flames. No one was in the car, but the door was open. I saw a woman running into the flats while screaming for help,” he said.

Some witnesses said the woman had had an argument with her boyfriend earlier that morning before she decided to set the new car alight.

Mthembu said the woman was recovering in hospital. It is unknown how the woman started the fire, but investigations are continuing.

In May, a 45-year-old woman allegedly burned herself to death in Kabokweni, near Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga.

“Apparently her older sister left her alone and went to a nearby clinic and was surprised when she found the house empty. She then went to investigate and made the gruesome discovery at the place where they store firewood,” Ngomane said. Upon investigating, the older sister found the remains of the woman burning in fire. The exact details of the incident were unclear, Ngomane added.

– Caxton News Service


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