Mondlo family struggles to rebuild after vicious arson attack leaves them homeless

The Madresini home of Thembi Mhlongo was allegedly set alight by an angry mob in March and her belongings and property reduced to ashes.

MARCH 5 was the day that changed the life of Thembi Mhlongo after a devastating fire destroyed her home and personal belongings.

According to the police report, an angry mob descended upon the Madresini home of Thembi Mhlongo and her fiancè at the time, Thulani Mdlalose, in search of a young man who was believed to be implicated in a murder that took place four hours prior to their attack on the residence.

According to Mhlongo, in her statement to the police, the young man had entered the house and escaped through the back door, but she did not know where he was.

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The police arrived at the scene and the mob followed them into the house, throwing stones and threatening the couple in the presence of the police. The police managed to contain the crowd, who remained outside the premises.

As stated in Mr Mdlalose’s statement to the police, a vehicle arrived at the residence shortly after the family was escorted to safety by the police. The driver of the vehicle allegedly entered the premises with a five litre container believed to contain accelerate, followed by the angry mob, and within minutes the house was engulfed in flames.

The fire destroyed the property as well as a vehicle which was set alight in the driveway and Thembi Mhlongo and her family lost everything.

A case was opened at Mondlo Police Station, but the victims of this vicious arson attack have found it difficult to move on from this traumatic ordeal, as their lives may still be in danger.

The task of finding the funds and resources to rebuild their home is a heavy burden and Thembi’s employer contacted the Vryheid Herald to seek assistance for the distraught woman, who has been staying with relatives and friends, until a solution can be found.

If you can assist Thembi Mhlongo and her family to rebuild their home and their lives, visit or visit the Vryheid Herald Facebook page and leave a comment for the family.

Elaine Rodway

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