Injured woman’s belongings up in smoke

2012-11-21 00:00

AN eSikhawini woman had to be returned to Ngwelezane Hospital yesterday because the burns she sustained when her small informal house burnt to the ground have not healed.

And to add to the trauma of the now homeless woman, the pension money she had collected just hours before was mostly burnt to a crisp.

Bunny Dlamini (64) desperately tried to fight the flames with water and her hands as her wooden home in the Mkhobosa area of eSikhawini caught fire last week, but had to watch helplessly as it crashed down before her, leaving her with serious burns to her arms and legs.

She had to be returned to the hospital this week as her injuries had shown no signs of healing.

Speaking to The Witness, Dlamini said she was cooking on a paraffin stove when it “burst into fire”.

The flames quickly spread to the rest of the shack where Dlamini lives alone and literally blew up.

In a panic, she says she poured nearby bucketed water on the flames, which “made it worse”. “Then the whole house started burning and I had to quickly run out to save my life,” she said.

Dlamini has been living on her own for 12 years. She has lost all her belongings, including her ID book. “But I am very lucky to be alive,” she said.

Ward councillor Nonhlanhla Cele said the municipality has supplied Dlamini with blankets and food that will last “for a while”.

“Neighbours and community members arrived at the scene, but there was nothing they could do except to comfort Dlamini,” said Cele.

“We did not give her a tent as temporary shelter because we thought it was unsafe. When she is released from hospital, she will stay at a home situated next to the one that blew up. She has registered for an RDP house at uMhlathuze Village and will then be able to move into that once it is allocated,” she said.

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