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Lightning kills Pietermaritzburg family

2012-08-28 21:40

 Pietermaritzburg - A family of four was killed by a lightning strike in the Mama Lala area of Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg, on Tuesday afternoon, paramedics said.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the mother and father had been carrying their children across a field during a storm.

"Paramedics... arrived at the scene and found that a mother, father, a six-month-old girl, and a boy aged three, had sustained severe burns from the lightning strike."

They died on the scene.



Comments
  • tatsee - 2012-08-28 22:03

    So sad.

  • Jacques - 2012-08-28 22:15

    Of all the things that could kill you... Rotten, rotten luck! RIP

  • terrence.zulu.9 - 2012-08-29 06:23

    R.I.P

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-29 07:57

    I can remember some idiot politician saying the lightning or the cause thereof was racist because it only struck blacks

      joe.soap.1806253 - 2012-08-29 08:10

      I don't recall this, but I do recall some silly cow demanding a probe into the cause of lightening. RIP to this family, what a tragedy. Could easily have been avoided if people were made aware of the dangers of lightening :(

      sudika.harkhu - 2012-08-30 05:39

      There was not much they could do, they probably had a fair distance to walk and the weather was probably good when they started out their journey. A freak of nature. They got caught in the middle of the field. So sad.

  • ndumiso.mhlophe - 2012-08-29 08:19

    lts very painful

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-29 11:27

    So sad... Peace be with you!

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-06 12:57

    So sad......RIP

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 13:01

    OMW - NO!!!! Thats so sad, an entire family? Dear God - Please take good care of them.

  • shaun.cousins1 - 2012-09-06 13:50

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nomsa Dube called on the national department of science and technology to investigate the causes of lightning after seven people died 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, and if it only happened to the previously disadvantaged as I have never seen any white people being struck by 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. Our country is clearly in excellent hands.

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