A Kwa-Zulu-Natal security guard has been arrested for starting a fire burning to death three cousins who were sleeping.
The accused who is 28-years of age allegedly drenched the Shongweni home with petrol and set fire alight in April 2019, according to a police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker.
Police said the three victims, Thabo Maphumulo, Sboniso Shabalala, and Siyabonga Shabalala were burnt beyond identification.
The three cousins, also aged 28-years-old were fast asleep in an outbuilding when their house caught on fire.
“After nine months of intensive investigation the suspect was arrested on Monday night at his workplace in Isipingo, where he worked as a security guard,” said Naicker.
He said at first a case was opened at KwaNdengezi SAPS.
“Following a rigorous probe the investigating officer was able to connect the dots with regards to the suspect involved and the docket was changed to murder”.
“On Monday night the suspect was traced and arrested with the assistance of the K9 Unit and faces three counts of murder”.
“The investigation also revealed that the deceased and suspect were related.”
Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner commended the investigating officer for his determination in investigating the case.
“These arrests send a clear message to the perpetrators of the crime that the long arm of the law will always catch up with you,” said Jula.
We hope this arrest will give the family the courage to move on, he added.
The accused is supposed to appear in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.