The Department of Community Safety has offered a R5 000 reward for information on the whereabouts of Lwazi Sibindana.
The Department said Sibindana could assist the police with their investigation into the death of employee Jacqueline “Jackie” Mpontsana, who was set alight in a domestic violence dispute on 19 September.
Jacqueline, 40, was rushed to hospital with severe injuries but sadly passed away.
Family claim Jacqueline died after she refused to sleep in the same room as her 38-year-old boyfriend.
It is alleged that the suspect, Sibindana, went to a nearby garage and bought two litres of petrol with which he doused the mother of one and then set her on fire in front of his horrified family.
His aunt Yolisa Tingwa, 44, who witnessed the attack said: “My nephew and Jackie had been in an on-and-off relationship for some time and he was always abusive towards her.
“We’d been asking her to leave him and we tried to stand up for her but he would also assault me.”
The victim’s distraught uncle, Mncedisi Mpontsana, said Jacquelene was a breadwinner in the family and had a 13-year-old child.
Head of department Yashina Pillay said: “It is my hope that by offering a reward, someone will come forward with the required information on Lwazi’s whereabouts so that he can assist the police with their investigation. Ultimately, this will lead to the arrest of the person responsible for this heinous act.”
Anyone with information can contact investigating officer, Sergeant Mangaliso, at Gugulethu SAPS on 072 155 0100 or 021 684 2323.