Cape Town – A guest house owned by one of the suspects arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Hillary Gardee was reportedly petrol-bombed on Thursday night.
Reports indicated that the incident occurred around 22:00.
The South African reported that Insika Guest House, owned by Philemon Lukhele was used as accommodation for students from the University of Mpumalanga.
It was believed that Gardee was kept captive at the guest house before being murdered.
According to Times Live, a family member received a call from the neighbours alerting them of the fire at the guest house.
“I rushed to the property and when we arrived we found it was on fire. We started to extinguish it while waiting for the fire department. We found petrol poured all over the house and found several petrol bottles,” the report quoted the family member as saying.
The neighbours told the family that they saw a car parked outside the property and the occupants jumped over the wall to access the petrol.
“They said shortly afterwards they saw the fire and the occupants jumped back over the wall and sped off in the car,” said the family member as quoted by the report.
EWN reported that the University of Mpumalanga had moved to cancel the accreditation of Lukhele’s three Guest Houses following Hillary’s mirder.
Hillary went missing on April 29 after a shopping trip to a Spar near her home in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.
She was found dead in a field outside Mbombela, Mpumalanga on May 3 with a gun wound on her head.
Sipho Lawrence Mkatshwa, Philemon Lukhele and Mduzuzi Gama were arrested and charged with murder, rape, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and possession of illegal firearms.
Hillary was the daughter of former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee.
Picture: Facebook/ Lerato Palesa
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo