Family lucky to be alive

The window of a wendy house in Lentegeur was broken when a petrol bomb was thrown.

A Lentegeur family who survived a petrol bomb attack on their wendy house say they are lucky to be alive.

“I could have lost my family,” said Tauriq du Plessis, who was at home with his wife, Shehaam, the couple’s five children and the children’s bedridden grandfather at 3:45am on Monday October 5 when someone threw a petrol bomb at the wendy house in Bluebell Street.

The explosion and fire that followed damaged the roof, two windows and one of the walls, before Mr and Ms Du Plessis, helped by a woman living on the property, extinguished the fire.

“The community needs to stand up against such behaviour,” Mr Du Plessis said.

Lentegeur police spokeswoman, Constable Felicia Adams, said the family had been asleep when Ms Du Plessis had heard someone at the gate.

Mr Du Plessis had gone to investigate and soon afterwards there had been a loud bang.

Constable Adams said the motive for the attack was unknown.

She said a man, 28, was arrested and appeared in Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on Monday October 12 on a charge of arson.

He was released on bail and is due back in court on Wednesday November 18.