Dube calls for lightning probe

2011-01-03 14:26
Eshowe - KwaZulu-Natal MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nomsa Dube on Monday called on the national department of science and technology to investigate the causes of lightning after seven people in lightning strikes.

"We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning," said Dube.

She was visiting Mpumazi in Eshowe where seven people from two families died after being struck by lightning on Sunday.

"Scientists from the department could perhaps help us and come up with instruments that could help community members protect themselves against lightning.

"The department has dealt with floods and fires, but lightning was new to us," said Dube.

On Sunday four members of the Cele family, Samke, two, Lindani, 12, Zandile, 37, and Edith, 57, were killed when lightning struck their rondavel which burnt to ashes.

A surviving member of the family, Philani, said he had carried the bodies of his dead family members out of the rondavel.

"It started raining yesterday around 15:00, we were all from church, then there was lightning which struck the house and there was a fire.

"I ran out of the house and later noticed that my family was still inside, I went back and carried them out," said Philani.

He said among the dead were his mother, son, brother and aunt.

Dube was expected to visit the second family later on Monday where three people died.

Read more on:    durban  |  weather

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy

Miley's new dog is too adorable.



13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher
The unusual pets of Instagram
Bertie sets a new world record!

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may meet...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.