Brother bombs Sister’s home over inheritance

A South African woman narrowly escaped death after her brother tried to kill her over the house she had inherited from their late parents. 

Her younger brother had thrown a petrol bomb into her bedroom in Bonteheuwel, a former Coloured township in Cape Town 

The victim, 56-year old Millicent Links plans to lay criminal charges against her brother following the incident which took place on Monday barely one week to Christmas.

Her brother is said to be on the run and the four men who tried to douse the towering flames were treated for smoke inhalation.

Millicent says she has been embroiled in a bitter family feud with her 52-year-old brother since her parents died last year.

She says she inherited the Bonteheuwel Avenue house and this angered her brother.

“Since that time he has been threatening me and I have a protection order against him. On Monday he was at it again,” she explains.

Several relatives had been there to do cleaning as the family planned to host a Christmas lunch at the house.

“He told me in front of everyone that I am going to see what he is going to do. He said he is going to burn the house with me in it,” says Links.

The upset woman says later that evening, she was visiting relatives when her neighbours came to tell her that her house was on fire.

“The neighbours saw him throw a petrol bomb into my bedroom. If it wasn’t him, then why would the petrol bomb be thrown in the room where I sleep? I went to the police station to report him,” she says.

City Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson, Theo Layne, says firefighters responded to the call at 10.57pm and the fire was extinguished by 11.45pm.

He says the house was destroyed in the blaze.