Man dies after setting himself on fire at Montecasino

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A man has died after setting himself alight at Montecasino in northern Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

Tsogo Sun Group Communications’ Priya Naidoo said an incident involving a possible suicide‚ involving a man who set himself alight at the entrance‚ before the security checkpoint of Montecasino‚ has been reported to the South African Police Service‚ who are currently investigating.

“Emergency services are also on the scene and precautionary measures were immediately taken to ensure the safety of visitors. Our thoughts are with the family and friends”‚ said Naidoo.

On Sunday evening red tape was still visible at the Casino‚ preventing access from the Monte Casino Clinic elevators to level 4.

Cleaners were wearing masks and appeared to be cleaning the area.

Customers were still dining‚ seemingly relaxed.

Gauteng Police spokesperson Tsekiso Mofokeng confirmed that they have opened an inquest docket

.Business continues as usual‚ Montecasino told patrons this afternoon after a man killed himself on the premises‚ raising the ire of South Africans who expected a greater degree of sensitivity.

The man set himself alight at the entrance‚ before the security checkpoint. It is believed he used petrol‚ but the circumstances are unclear.

Montecasino management confirmed the incident‚ calling it a possible suicide.  Casino management said police were called to investigate.fire

Social media however took umbrage at the way the insident was handled on social media. The tweet below has since been deleted from the official account:

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