HE DIDN’T want his lover to socialise or have friends or go out at night. But last week Mantjie Malope (39) defied the orders of her lover, Thomas Masha, and went out to party all night.
That was the last time she went out partying!
It is alleged that her 39-year-old lover burnt her beyond recognition using petrol.
This happened at their shack in Mmotong Wa Perekisi Village outside Seshego in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A neighbour told Daily Sun that they saw the couple’s shack on fire and went to investigate.
“We found Thomas standing outside the burning shack and when we asked him what was happening, he said he was burning his wife because she was a slut,” said a neighbour who didn’t want to be named.
When more residents gathered to see what was going on, the panicking Thomas allegedly disappeared into the dark.
The residents tried to put out the fire but failed as it was too strong.
Thomas was later found hanging from a tree a short way away.
Mantjie’s cousin, Moyahabo Mphahlele, said Thomas was abusive.
“He used to beat Mantjie and at one stage stabbed her with a screwdriver.
“They fought last week, but resolved the issue. On Saturday, he accused my cousin of cheating on him after she went out partying,” said Moyahabo.
Mos Makwela, who is also Mantjie’s cousin, said the family will be at peace now that Thomas hanged himself.
“At least he sentenced himself to death because we would have killed him anyway. He was a coward who couldn’t resolve family matters and opted for killing,” said an angry Mos.
Warrant Officer Mothemane Malefo said: “Police opened murder and inquest cases.”
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