BEREA — A village chief was burnt to death in Teyateyaneng last Friday.
Chief Motjoka Moabi, 32, was burnt beyond recognition in what his family suspect was an arson attack.
The chief’s brother, Khobatha Moabi, said he and some villagers tried to put out the fire by dousing the flames with buckets of water but their attempts failed.
Moabi said they called firefighters who failed to respond to their distress calls.
“As soon as we realised that the hut was on fire we phoned the police and began pouring water on the house,” Moabi said.
“The roof however quickly caved in,” he said.
The chief’s charred body was found lying by the door.
His brother said he had lost “a loving brother, friend and chief”.
“This feels like a bad dream, unbelievable. I just cannot see a way forward from here; this is a disaster,” he said.
Moabi said he believed someone torched the chief’s hut.
Inspector Keketso Nyooko of the Berea police serious crime unit said firefighters were called but he did not have information whether they went to the scene or not.
Nyooko said the chief was allegedly heavily drunk on the night of the mishap.
“We received reports that the deceased had been drinking on the night of the event,” Nyooko said.