Tik addict sets family home alight and burns to death

Mkhuseli Sizani

A tik addict was set alight and burnt to death in a house in Govan Mbeki Township in Gqeberha, formerly Port Elizabeth, on Sunday, 28 February.

This comes after Anele Namba, 26, had doused his family home with petrol and set it alight.

Anele’s father, Eric Gegesi told Scrolla.Africa he was not at home when his house was burnt down. 

“My son had been complaining that I don’t love him like I love his elder brother which is not true,” said Eric. 

“He was a troublemaker who stole our valuables and sold them to buy tik.” 

Anele’s actions have left his family of 13 members homeless and without money to bury him.

“At about 2am I was woken up by the police who told us that our son was set alight by a mob at a friend’s place in 17 Area. Apparently he went there to run away from me,” said Eric. 

“All six my children, including my grandchildren have lost their school books. Our IDs and birth certificates were also destroyed.”

The family appeals to Good Samaritans to help them. 

“We survive on child support grants and we don’t have money to rebuild our home or bury our son,” Eric said. 

Captain Andre Beetge said, “At about 2:15am a house in Baart Street was burnt down by unknown attackers and Anele died in the fire. The motive for the attack is still unknown. But police suspect that he was in a fight earlier with persons in the vicinity. A murder and arson case were opened.”