Mom-to-be tells of Hout Bay fire

2015-12-29 16:02
Joanne Chemaly with Lizzy Mancoba (Jenni Evans, News24)

Joanne Chemaly with Lizzy Mancoba (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - When Lizzy Mancoba ran from her burning shack in Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu on Boxing Day, it was more than her own life she was worried about.

Fleeing to safety with her husband Sikumbuzo and their 7-year-old son, Mancoba's worry was for her unborn child, due on New Year's Day.

Standing in a queue for a box of free long-life milk while bulldozers and trucks cleared the scorched site, Mancobo was relieved to report that apart from an upset stomach on Sunday, which was probably caused by stress, she and baby were fine.

"I was worried about the baby, but baby is kicking," she smiled from under the brim of a huge hat providing some relief from the sun.

Women around Mancoba fussed over her, and, suddenly crossing her arms to cover her chest, she laughed and said: "I ran in my pyjamas, so I don't even have a bra."

Joanne Chemaly, an organiser from Thula Thula Hout Bay, said on Sunday that Mancoba's husband was torn between clearing their stand and keeping watch over his expectant wife.

"He made her sit in the shade and kept running back to say he didn't know if he should be rebuilding, or getting ready to catch [the baby]," said Chemaly.

The fire started before midnight on Boxing Day, destroying about 250 shacks and leaving about 1 000 people homeless.

People who want to donate items can take them to Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay or to Thula Thula Hout Bay in the town's Main Street.

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