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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the criminal case of a man accused of setting alight a domestic worker has been transferred to the Durban Regional Court.  Dustin Govender, 28, accused of attempted murder, made a brief appearance in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.  

He allegedly set Zinhle Mchunu alight on 21 May at Govender's father's garage, where he sells cars, in Durban.  His case was postponed to 21 September and the Regional Court is expected to set a trial date.  Govender allegedly poured liquid, which smelt like petrol, at Mchunu's feet and told her he would burn her.  He then allegedly took out his lighter and threw it at the liquid on the floor.  Mchunu's leg caught alight from the resulting flames.  After the incident, Govender reportedly drove Mchunu to a pharmacist who gave her painkillers and attempted to treat the wound.  She was later admitted to Addington Hospital, where she stayed for a week.  Govender is currently out on R7,000 bail.

  • A short report by Mxolisi Mngadi is at News24

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