Mom tells of children's horror deaths

2012-12-13 10:02
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Durban - A tearful KwaZulu-Natal mother has told of the horror of losing two children after heavy rains wrecked their home in Chatsworth.

Ntsika Lamle, 14, and his sister Slindile, 5, were asleep when large rocks and old tyres crushed them in their shack, reported the Daily News.

Floods claimed an additional 12 lives in the province following the downpour on Monday night.

Slindile’s twin brother, Lindokuhle, survived the tragedy.

Their mother, Nomafu Lamle, a part-time domestic worker, is traumatised by the horrific deaths of her children. She said she was trying to stop leaks in their home when she suddenly heard a loud bang.

“I ran back into the room and saw a big hole through the wall and my children covered in mud,” she said.

She kicked the door open and screamed for help as rain poured into the shack.

She said her children were not recognisable by the time she could get them out.

She said her daughter’s last words to her were: “’Mama when are you getting us a bed? It’s cold on the floor’, and I told her ‘my baby, I will organise that once you stop wetting the bed’,” said Lamle before bursting into tears.

At least 42 families from the informal settlement were moved to a community hall and residents are being assisted by various organisations.

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