NO MORE: Garry Dladla and his girlfriend Thembisa Madleki were killed when their shack was petrol bombed allegedly by Madleki’s ex-boyfriend on Christmas Day.
The lives of a Philippi couple were cut short after a jealous lover allegedly petrol bombed their shack early on Christmas Day, police confirmed.
Thembisa Mondleki, 26, and Garry Dladla, 38, died after their shack was set alight, allegedly by Mondleki’s ex-boyfriend.
According to the owner of the house where the incident happened, Mondleki’s ex-boyfriend had a quarrel with the couple before allegedly throwing petrol bombs at their shack with the couple inside.
Dladla, who had a firearm, allegedly shot the ex-boyfriend in the chest. He fell back with some of the petrol bombs still in his hand and the ex-boyfriend also got burnt.
By the time paramedics arrived at the scene they declared the ex-boyfriend dead and took the couple to hospital where they died due to the extent of their injuries.
Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk confirmed that three people died and that police were investigating a case of murder and arson.
Nolusindiso Batyi, the owner of the house, said she was with the couple a few hours before the incident. She said the ex-boyfriend came while they were drinking and demanded to see Mondleki, but she refused, telling him to come back the following day.
Batyi said soon after that she and other friends left the couple and went to party elsewhere.
According to her, Dladla and Mondleki had been dating for almost a month and the ex-boyfriend was no longer dating Mondleki.
Batyi said she was woken by loud screams and gunshots.
“On investigating she noticed the shack was on fire.
“I could see Thembisa and Garry inside the burning shack, shouting for help. We tried to douse the flames but it was too much,” she said.
Thembisa’s distraught sister said she would never forget what she saw.
“This is very painful. The Christmas season will never be the same again,” she said.
Garry’s brother, Isaac Dladla, said his family was in pain after what happened.
He said Garry was planning to celebrate his 39th birthday next week. – WCN