The wife of a former radio and TV personality was burnt to death when a veld fire got out of control, Pretoria police said on Wednesday.
Inspector Paul Ramaloko said Madelein Engelbrecht, the wife of Willem Engelbrecht, was with four other people in open bushveld at Dewagendrift, north-east of Pretoria, when a veld fire broke out at about 7pm on Tuesday.
“The group tried to extinguish the fire but unfortunately the wind blew and changed direction. The 41-year-old woman was caught in the fire and she burnt to death,” Ramaloko said.
The other four managed to escape.
Ramaloko said police do not know the cause of the fire and an inquest docket was opened. – Sapa