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Family burn to death

2012-05-13 07:43

Port Elizabeth - Three people burnt to death in a shack in Kareedouw, in the Eastern Cape, police said on Saturday.

Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said a 27-year-old man, Christopher Faulkner his girlfriend, Jolene Windvogel,19, and their two-year-old daughter, Lukaya Windvogel burnt to death on Friday night.

"It is alleged that the neighbours heard a noise and went to investigate on Friday evening, at about 22.30. They noticed that the home was burning but could not do anything to save the lives of those inside," she said.

"Three people were sleeping in the house at the time and died in the fire."

The cause of the fire was not known.

Comments
  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-05-13 07:51

    shame,thats very sad

      Nathi - 2012-05-13 09:04

      Sad indeed indeedd sister !

      Brandon - 2012-05-13 09:30

      Very sad...

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-05-13 07:51

    Eish what a Sad news early in the morning may your soul Rest in Peace

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-13 08:23

    A sad story

  • Brandon - 2012-05-13 08:37

    Too often am I reading about families burning to death in their homes. I am not sure where this family lives. But, home fires in informal housing is a huge problem. Just down the road from me is an informal settlement where families are making live fires inside their dwellings which is not only a major fire risk, but CO2 poisoning is inevitable. If the government stops stealing from the community, provide them with electricity, or proper housing, this would have been avoided. The family could have then bought an SABS approved heater for R100 and not rely on a bare fire. I am only speculating what may have happened to this family but the reality is that thousands of families will be at risk this winter. RIP to the Faulkner family. This is sad news...

      Brandon - 2012-05-13 10:08

      @ the 2 cowards that gave my comment a thumbs down. Give me your name and address so that I can personally collect you, throw you in a tin shack with only a thin blanket or sheet and see how you like that! I am waiting...

      Antwahn - 2012-05-13 10:24

      Horrific to read on this bright Sunday morning. Here's hoping they succumbed to smoke inhalation before burning. These deaths are directly related to poverty, of course. About your proposal: let's say there are four million such "informal houses" in SA. Lets say they have a 2Kw heater each, burning 24/7 for five months of the year. Put 1Kw at say .85 cents. (Cheap, includes installation and maintenance of infrastructure.) Let's see... 4 000 000 x 2 x 24 x 30.5 x 5 x .85 = Will cost the tax payer a little under 24 billion a year. Shacks are poorly insulated and electricity will also be used to heat water Trying to make them use less will result in still the breaking out of fires. 24 bill. is a realistic ball-park figure. Moreover it will drain ESKOM's generating power where it has none to spare. Of course, should the ruling party have: -Had the foresight to deal with SA's electricity needs (instead of scandalously neglecting this) -Given a decent education to all for the massive amounts that the taxpayer pays for this. -Have a decent economic policies and legislations -instead of the union-pandering, stifling disasters we have now, -Not stolen/wasted the trillions of taxpayers money,then money would have been there already. There would be far fewer shacks and the inhabitants would actually have been able to pay for it (in part) themselves.

      Brandon - 2012-05-13 10:36

      @Antwahn. I respect your economic insight and we duly share the same sentiments. Had the government kept the infrastructure developments abreast of the needs of the country, this would have been circumvented. What I am saying is that after 18+ years the government have not been able to keep to their promises. And on your other point, poverty can only be solved by employment, but in the short term, proper service delivery is needed.

      Sematla - 2012-05-13 11:57

      My name is Don Bran and I am the guy living in a shack down the road from your double story house and I am planning to make live fire inside your garage one day.HIHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

      Antwahn - 2012-05-13 13:29

      Fully agree with you Brandon. Many of us almost feel guilty for living within a short drive's distance from abject poverty. But we have to rationalise it. It's not our fault. In fact we can do very little and most of us do pay our taxes. Let's be honest, the ANC shrewdly keeps the populace dead-dumb and unemployable, and therefore addicted to the hand-outs that THEY so magnanimously give. Proper service is obviously needed. But stating that fact is as far as it will ever go. Even if the money were there, the present bunch of misruling kleptocrats (retardocrats) simply cannot manage the poor level of delivery they serve now -let alone what is needed.

  • Sam - 2012-05-13 09:19

    Heartbreaking news

  • Marion - 2012-05-13 10:05

    RIP. Terrible way to die. Breaks my heart when I hear stories like this. My son's biological mother has lived in a local squatter camp ever since she came to Johannesburg. At least once a year fires destroy a hundred or so shacks. Shacks is one of the reasons my blood boils whenever I hear that street/city name changes are more important than building proper houses for the poor. Those who lost their lives, literally and figuratively, did not fight for name changes in their 'honour'. When will politicians realize that?

      Brandon - 2012-05-13 10:25

      WOW! That is so true. Name changes costs millions, but the housing budget is 'exhausted' on friends and families of the government.

  • Honjiswa - 2012-05-13 12:37

    That's a very terrible way to pass on. May their souls rest in peace.

  • Rob - 2012-05-13 19:13

    Yet another 'avoidable' disaster that has destroyed an entire family. The Government could avoid the many similar incidents , from the past, and no doubt also in the future, if they spent money on the homeless and 'poor' who have to live under these conditions. Spend the 'tax-peyers' money where it should be spent instead of on your fancy 'homes' cars' 'offices' 'luxury life-styles' 'unnecessary overseas First Class trips' 'nepotism' 'BEE' 'bribery' ' corruption' personal gains' 'investments' 'unnecessary excessive 'body guards' 'tax payers money to fund many wives and children' etc, etc... Watch out for the next Elections 'boys'... The 'povo' are getting very 'pissed off'...

  • mandilakhe.kolwaphi - 2012-05-14 09:51

    brandon your can call me to find the family jolene windvogel u can call me at 0715447622 any time

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