Ottoshoop murder case postponed

Comment on this story

iol news pic justice-scale and gavel may 23


Johannesburg - A man accused of killing two children and seriously injuring his ex-girlfriend appeared in the Zeerust Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Michael Mqathula, 35, charged with arson, two counts of murder, and assault GBH, would appear in court again on January 6, the court clerk said.

He was arrested after the crime in Maruping village, Ottoshoop, North West around 4am on Wednesday.

Two children, a two-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, died when he set fire to their shack, Captain Pelonomi Makau said on Friday.

The man was the father of one of the children. The ex-girlfriend was the other child's aunt.

“It is alleged that after burning the shack, the suspect stabbed his ex-girlfriend with a knife several times... and she was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.”

Makau said the motive for the attack was still unknown and investigations were continuing. - Sapa

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.


Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory