Police in South Africa have confirmed that a woman in Benoni, Gauteng was taken to hospital after she was set ablaze by someone believed to be her boyfriend.
The incident took place outside a pre-school where she had just dropped off her four-year-old child on Monday.
The woman is said to have been with another person in the car when the man attacked them.
According to News24, there is footage of the incident which shows the man approaching the woman’s vehicle and smashing the driver’s window. The alleged disturbed man returns to his car and grabs an unknown object. The individual is then seen with the object in his hand, motioning towards the car.
The woman then returns to her car in an attempt to stop the man. Just moments after the woman returned to the vehicle, it caught fire. The man is said to have jumped into the car for a brief moment before jumping out.
According to a statement issued by ER24, the passenger of the woman’s car was also burned in an attempt to help the pre-schooler’s mother, reports The South African. The suspect is said to have sustained critical injuries while the two women sustained serious burns.
“It is believed that the man had poured petrol over a light motor vehicle with a woman inside. Another woman sustained her injuries when she tried to assist in removing the patient from the vehicle,” says ER24’s statement.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza, the victim is 27 years old and the alleged boyfriend is 40 years of age.
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