Fiery deaths put end to dreams

2016-08-11 06:00
Xolani Ntsonge, 53, on the scene where his son, Azile Ntsonge, 26, and his girlfriend, Nosipho Winisi, 33 died, in Philippi. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Xolani Ntsonge, 53, on the scene where his son, Azile Ntsonge, 26, and his girlfriend, Nosipho Winisi, 33 died, in Philippi. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A Brown’s Farm couple died after their shack was consumed by fire early on Monday.

Azile Ntsonge, 26, and Nosipho Winisi, 33, were sleeping when the shack-which is situated at the back of a house-was destroyed by flames.

Azile Ntsonge leaves behind a one-year-old child from a previous relationship.

Xolani Ntsonge, 53, the father of the late Azile, said he was woke-up to the screams of Aphiwe Ntsonge,21, his other son, alerting them to the fire.

Aphiwe sustained injuries on his hand after he broke the window of the shack with his fist trying to rescue the deceased.

He was still in hospital when City Vision visited the family on Monday.

Ntsonge said they tried to extinguish the fire by pouring water but their attempts proved fruitless.

He said it was not clear whether an electric heater which was found in their shack was the cause of the fire.

“I feel very saddened about their death. I had high hopes for him that he would take care of me when he gets a job, because I am unemployed. He passed his degree in law at UWC (University of Western Cape) and he was busy with his articles now. I had a meeting with him before he went to sleep and I told him that I need to go to the hospital, because I am not feeling well. He was a very respectful child,” Ntsonge said.

Nobuntu Ntshele, 37, a family friend for the late Winisi, said they were still in shock on hearing the news of her death.

“We were like sisters. She was someone full of jokes and someone who liked to see other people happy at all times. She loved her three children a lot. I feel very bad for her passing. She had three qualifications from a college and she used to tell me that one day she will get work and buy a car and a house,” Ntshele said.

Ntshele said her family and that of Winisi has a very close relationship even in Gcuwa, in the Eastern Cape.

Winise, a divorcee, started dating Azile in December.

Ntsonge said funeral arrangements will be defered since a thourough post-mortem into the cause of death was still under investigation, included the origins of the fire.

Liezel Moodie, of the City of Cape Town fire and rescue services, released a statement saying the duo died after a fire destroyed their shack and that the City’s Fire and Rescue Services rushed to the scene after they were called.

Moodie also said in another incident, about 50 individuals were left homeless after about 20 shacks caught fire in NY 1, Gugulethu, over the weekend.

The cause of the second incident was not readily available, she said.

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