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Pietermaritzburg - Four men and a woman, arrested for the alleged xenophobic attack on an Ethipion national last month appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Fikelephi Nhlangulela, 50, Nobuhle Mthembu, 43, Andile Nhlangulela, 45, Nkanyiso Mthmebu, 20, and Sphamandla Mthembu, 22, are charged with arson and murder following the death of Asifa Areso Lombabo, 30.
The case has been adjourned to October 23 for an opposed bail application.
Lombabo, an Ethiopian, was guarding his employer’s house and tuck-shop in Phase 1 of the France township on September 10 when the house was allegedly petrol-bombed.
He burned to death because he was barricaded in the house by a security gate.
Police recovered a melted plastic container that smelt of fuel near the burnt dwelling.
The Daily News reported at the time that when police arrived on the scene they found the house in flames. The bars were cut open and police found Lombabo’s body inside.
Lombabo’s Somalian employer, who spoke to the Daily News, (he identified himself only as Abdul for safety reasons), said foreign nationals have become targets in the France area.