A man has been arrested after setting alight a stick and mud house belonging to his long-time girlfriend, after discovering she was taking antiretroviral pills (ARVs).
According to Zimbabwenewsonline, Sipho, 28, of Mpolonjeni in Siteki is charged with arson.
The girlfriend’s brother, John, said Sipho set the one-roomed house on fire after dousing it with petrol. The suspect is said to have broken one of the windows and poured in petrol before throwing in a lit match stick.
Sipho is said to have accused his girlfriend of infecting him with HIV. At one point, according to John, Sipho allegedly assaulted his sister during the course of the night after discovering the ARV pills hidden in one of the drawers.
The suspect is said to have demanded from his girlfriend of two years why she concealed that she was HIV-positive and on antiretroviral treatment (ART) because they had had sex countless times without using a condom.
“This is how the rift started and I blame my sister for failing to disclose her status to her steady boyfriend. They had just finished having sex without a condom when he discovered the pills in the drawers. He then started demanding back the things he bought her and even sent short text messages threatening her with death and vengeance,” said John.
It is said the suspect received information to the effect his girlfriend was returning home from work in Ezulwini and he planned to burn her inside the house.
“Fortunately, my sister ended up not coming that day as she was held up at work. I heard my mother shouting for help and when I got out I found the house in flames. I kicked down the door but couldn’t go inside because of the raging fire and smoke. We watched helplessly as the house and property burnt to ashes. The burnt items are worth E40 000. I don’t believe burning the house was a good decision,” said john.
Sipho is said to have escaped, but constantly phoned and threatened his girlfriend. The police are said to have then hatched a plan with the girlfriend to apprehend him after he phoned and demanded to talk to her.
The two are said to have fallen in love while the suspect was employed in a company engaged to install electricity poles in the area. In one instance, the suspect is alleged to have attacked and threatened to assault his girlfriend at her workplace on accusations of infecting him with HIV.