Did you see H im? Police release photos of Joburg suspected serial arsonist | TBEN


Police have released an image of the man suspected of being the arsonist in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

  • Police have identified a suspect in the cases of arson in the northern suburb of Johannesburg.
  • The suspect is suspected of multiple counts of arson, murder and burglary.
  • His image comes from images taken from one of the houses he entered.

A man known as Sentious Novans is wanted by police, who after two years have come up with a name and image of the man believed to be the arsonist of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.

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Police spokesman Colonel Dimakatso Sello identified Novans as a suspect in multiple arson, murder and burglary cases and urged the public to provide information that can track him down.

He could be seen on images in and around houses that had been broken into and or set on fire.

The arsonist has allegedly targeted houses in upscale suburbs since at least 2020 and is believed to have been responsible for setting fire to at least 20 buildings.

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It is believed that he works alone and enters the more expensive houses in the early morning hours, aimed at older homeowners.

The arsonist spends time in the kitchen, eating and drinking and has even been bold enough to cook for himself. When he’s done, he sets fire to mattresses or blankets with an accelerator.

The fires started at least around 4 a.m.

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Sello said Novans had previously served a seven-year prison sentence, four of which were suspended for five years.

In the beginning, the arsonist started fires in houses when the homeowners were away. But lately, the arsonist has started fires in houses with the owners around.

The arsonist has targeted homes in Craighall, Illovo, Hyde Park, Dunkeld, Bryanston, Houghton and this week a home in Melrose.

Fidelity ADT CEO Wahl Bartmann has awarded a reward of R100,000 for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.