A man has burnt himself and his girlfriend to death after a tussle ensued between them over money for beer.
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Joel Mphela of Jeffesville in Atteridgeville, Tshwane, South Africa, is said to have insulted his girlfriend, Ntombifuthi Mabala, after she refused to give him money.
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Mphela allegedly locked the gate and door and went on to pour paraffin all over the shack before setting it on fire. Their kids managed to escape from the inferno with no injuries.
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Tshwane emergency services managed to put out the fire but it was already too late. Firefighters discovered the bodies of a man and woman who were declared dead by paramedics.
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Lazarus Mphela, a relative of Mphela’s, said the deceased was a good man but was controlled by alcohol when drunk. He said he had introduced Ntombifuthi to the family in December.