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Victim of Gender-Based Violence dies after saving her daughter's life

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga


NELSPRUIT - A 25-year-old woman, Nkosiphile Nkambule has died after she and her daughter were trapped in a burning house which was allegedly set alight by her boyfriend, Morgan Mashiyane, who is also the father of her child. She managed to shield her six year old daughter from sustaining fatal burn wounds but sadly lost her life in the process.

The incident happened in Kwaggafontein on Tuesday, 18 August 2020, after an argument broke out between the two, which resulted in this gruesome ending.

A preliminary report suggests that the boyfriend wanted to perish with the victims but when he saw the blaze, he became timid and started banging windows begging for help. Neighbours responded swiftly to his call and whereupon after opening the door, he absconded. Nkambule and her daughter were rescued from the burning house and rushed to the hospital. It appeared that her daughter suffered no scratch but was treated for smoke inhalation only, Nkambule sadly succumbed to her injuries on Thursday, 20 August 2020. 

The police conducted an investigation and immediately arrested Mashiyane who was already trying to abscond the area and found him with burn wounds. He was firstly taken to hospital for medical assistance where he was treated and discharged. On Friday 21, Mashiyane made his first appearance at the Mkobola Magistrate’s Court and was remanded in custody pending a formal bail application on 28 August 2020. 

“Sad story indeed”, said the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, who strongly condemned this incident and mentioned that such behaviour can never be tolerated in our society. “This is a clear indication that there are men who are stubborn and refusing to heed to the clarion call by all walks of life regarding the pandemic of Gender Based Violence,” said General Zuma. 



Brigadier Leonard Hlathi