Home razed by fire

2017-06-30 13:45
Amos Ngidi, the owner of the boarding establishment where Nokuthula Mofokeng stays, shows the extent of the damage cause by the fire.

Amos Ngidi, the owner of the boarding establishment where Nokuthula Mofokeng stays, shows the extent of the damage cause by the fire. (Ian Carbutt)

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A mother and her two children from Thembalihle informal settlement were left destitute after a candle fire destroyed all their belongings on Tuesday.

Nokuthula Mofokeng and her family had been without electricity for two weeks due to a faulty transformer feeding power to the area.

“I came home from work to find that everything we owned had been destroyed,” she said.

From what Mofokeng gathered, her young daughters forgot to put the candle out before going outside to play.

“We suspect the blaze was started by a candle.

“If the electricity in the area was restored on time this wouldn’t have happened. Community members had to protest first before the issue of electricity was sorted out,” Mofokeng said.

She said she has been staying with friends and good Samaritans have been helping with food.

“I don’t even have a bed to sleep on, clothes, I don’t have anything. I don’t know how the children will go back to school next month. Their school bags and uniforms we also destroyed.

“Luckily I had my ID and bank cards with me.”

Mofokeng said she had been living in the one-room house for the past year and hoped to at least move back in after the landlord fixed the door and windows.

“Luckily they managed to put out the fire soon otherwise other rooms would have been affected.”


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