Fire victims still need help

2015-11-05 06:00
Mlungiseleli Mgcibi, Thembekile Ngamlana, family members of the deceased, together with Malwande Kakayi, community leader are appealing for help to bury the victims of fire, in QQ Section, Khayelitsha. Insert:  Zuziwe Mgcibi and her daughter Zikhona

Mlungiseleli Mgcibi, Thembekile Ngamlana, family members of the deceased, together with Malwande Kakayi, community leader are appealing for help to bury the victims of fire, in QQ Section, Khayelitsha. Insert: Zuziwe Mgcibi and her daughter Zikhona

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The needy family of a mother and daughter who were killed after their shack caught fire are appealing for help to bury their loved ones, in QQ Section, Khayelitsha.

Zuziwe Mgcibi, 51, and Zikhona Mgcibi, 19, died after the fire, which also spread to seven other neighbouring shacks and gutted them down, started in their shack on early hours of Monday 19 October.

Mlungiseleli Mgcibi, 57, Zuziwe’s brother, said they are facing an uphill when it comes to burying the deceased.

“We are all unemployed in the family and we do not have means to burying them. We appeal to anyone who can help us. We feel very bad for their death and we are struggling to come to terms with the fact that they died,” Mgcibi said.

Burial costsHe said they are hoping to bury the duo in Dikeni, in the Eastern Cape, over the weekend, but provided that they get funds for the funeral.

Mgcibi also said some residents promised to collect some money around the area which it is not clear if it will match the amount needed.

Malwande Kakayi, a community leader in QQ Section, said they suspect that the illegal connections for electricity were the cause for the fire.

“We assume that the illegal connections for electricity were the cause for the fire. Some residents tried in vain to rescue the deceased and to put out the fire

. There was nothing residents could do, because some got electrocuted when tried to come closer.

We connected the electricity illegally because government failed to provide us with electricity despite the fact that the area has been in existence for more than 35 years,” Kakayi said.

There were no other injuries reported regarding the incident.

Zikhona was a Grade 12 learner at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School.

An emotional memorial service for the deceased was held at the school on Wednesday afternoon and the mood was very sombre.

Appeals were made for help so that the family can bury their loved ones.

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