Pongola lighting claims eighth victim

2010-12-30 00:00

THE lightning strike that hit a marquee in Northern Zululand in which a Christmas party was being held for a creche in November claimed its eighth victim this week.

The incident, which took place in Pongola in November, left seven people dead and 40 injured.

Khumbuzile Mthethwa (44) was one of the people injured.

She died from her injuries on Tuesday shortly after being discharged from hospital.

Social Development MEC Dr. Meshack Radebe visited Mthethwa’s family yesterday.

He said it was fortunate that he was nearby as he was with volunteers building a house for the Motero family, who were also victims of the lightning strike.

Radebe announced that the government will pay for Mthethwa’s funeral.

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