Man arrested after setting ex-girlfriend alight

A 41-year-old man was arrested near Brits after setting his ex-girlfriend alight.

William Nemasiwano poured paint thinners on Gomolemo Lefifi (30) and set it alight. According to police spokesperson Maria Nkabinde, Lefifi went to Nemasiwano’s house to collect her belongings on Sunday, 8 August around 21:00. “While busy packing her belongings, an argument allegedly ensued between them. The accused allegedly poured paint thinners over her body and set her alight.” Nkabinde said the suspect then tried to distinguish the fire, but the girlfriend had already sustained serious injuries to her upper body. She was rushed to a local hospital by neighbours.

Nemasiwano appeared before the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 11 August 2021, on a charge of attempted murder.

The District Commissioner of Bojanala Sub-District 1, Major General Modisagaarekwe Mosimanegape, condemned the incident in the strongest possible terms. He said that incidents of gender based violence are rampant in the community and that the police will do everything possible to address it.