“He told me that his wife was angered when an empty bottle accidentally fell on her feet while they were chilling with friends at their place. The wife was so angry and my son asked them to go to the bedroom to sort things out because they had visitors. As they were arguing, she poured him with petrol which was to be used for the lawnmower,” she said.
She said her son’s friends tried to stop her and she pretended as if everything was fine.
“A few minutes after they had left, they heard my son calling for help. When I went outside he was covered in a blanket. He did not want me to see his burns; as a result, I could not even travel with him in the ambulance as he was rushed to Port Alfred hospital.
“The doctor said he had third degree burns and 35% chances of living and he was transferred to Port Elizabeth. I am grateful to God for the two weeks that he gave us,” she said.
What made things worse for the family is the fact that the wife ran away.
Police spokesperson Capt Mali Govender said the police had managed to arrest the suspect in Western Cape.
“A case of murder has been registered and the suspect was arrested in Cape Town,” Govender said.
Thandikhaya’s murder brings the number of men who had been killed by women in the last two months to four.
In January, an 18-year-old pupil was stabbed to death outside his school in Kopanelo Secondary School