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FAMILY HOUSE PACKED WITH MOURNERS PETROL-BOMBED

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SIYENDLE – A bereaved family narrowly cheated death when a petrol bomb was thrown into a house packed with mourners, in the early hours of Saturday.


The attack is believed to be linked to the death of a family member, who had lost his life through suspected poisoning during the previous week.


Joyce Masilela (58), a neighbour, and 12 other family members had a rude awakening, and further suffered smoke inhalation, when their house at Siyendle was targeted at around 2am on Saturday.


The family suspects the attack was an attempt to kill them, by people, who might have had a hand in Masilela’s son’s death, the weekend prior to the arson attack.


Masilela mentioned that her son Nhlanhla Kunene (21) was found sprawled on his bed, from suspected poisoning, following a night out with unknown people.


Although his body still had a pulse, he couldn’t provide answers to many questions, because at the time when he was discovered, he had lost his speech.


The deceased’s mother would not discuss who the people were or what the row between them and her son was about.
“We have a slight idea, but we have left everything to the police,” she said. Masilela said the attack came at a time when family members were mourning and making preparations for the deceased’s burial, which is scheduled for this Sunday.

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