Suspect accused of starting fire at special school makes court appearance

Suspect accused of starting fire at special school makes court appearance

Moloko Calvin Ramogwadi, who is accused of causing a fire by opening gas tanks that resulted in the deaths of two workers at Zodwa Special School, has made an appearance at Atteridgeville Magistrates’ Court.

The 34-year-old defendant is currently facing charges consisting of two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. SUSPECT CHARGED FOR FIRE INCIDENT AT ATTERIDGEVILLE SPECIAL SCHOOL MAKES COURT APPEARANCE Lumka Mahanjana, the Gauteng spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), disclosed that Ramogwadi had been hired by a contractor to construct additional classrooms at Zodwa Special School. However, he was terminated from his employment on August 22.

Mahanjana recounted that on the subsequent day, August 23, Ramogwadi revisited the school. Inquired by another employee of the company about the purpose of his visit, he claimed he had returned to retrieve his tools.

The spokesperson elaborated, “It is alleged that Ramogwadi proceeded to open gas tanks, while the other workers were still on site and a fire broke out. Two other workers died on the scene and three others were taken to hospital.”

The accused was apprehended on the same day as the incident and remains in custody.

Following a brief court appearance, the case was adjourned to September 1, 2023, to allow for investigations pertaining to potential bail.

As previously reported, during the fire incident, the City of Tshwane’s Emergency Services Department found a container classroom structure ablaze. They were informed that one individual was trapped within the burning containers.

During firefighting operations, a severely burnt male body was discovered. Subsequent operations revealed a second body whose gender could not be ascertained.

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