Culprit refused child’s food, ‘burns’ down house

2017-11-23 06:00
Nozipho Gaga needs help after their house burnt down, last week, in Kheyelitsha.                                 PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Nozipho Gaga needs help after their house burnt down, last week, in Kheyelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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A family was left homeless after one member- who is allegedly a drug addict- set their house on fire, last Sunday in Mandela Park, Khayelitsha.

Nozipho Gaga, 38, accused her younger brother as the man behind the fire.

The incident took place on Sunday night.

Gaga said her troublesome brother has threatened to burn the house down several times in the past.

“The fire started in his bedroom. He always sees us as flies when he is high on drugs. He is a trouble maker. We do not have a home now. We are not happy at all. We do not even know his whereabouts ever since that night. We need help, because we do not have the means to rebuild the house. We lost everything we had in the flames. It is going to be a bleak Christmas for us,” Gaga said.

There are eight members of the family who were affected.

Gaga also said her brother served some time in prison for a case which he does not want to reveal to anyone, in 2006.

“He did not want to sleep with lights off after he came back from prison. We once obtained a court interdict against him around 2012, because we were not happy about his conduct,” she said.

“He would threaten to burn the house down when I tell him to stop eating my child’s food.

He is a nuisance,” Sisanda said.

Banetsi Mphunga, registered psychologist and family friend, said they asked residents in the area to donate at least five bricks each to help rebuilding the house.

Sisanda Gaga said her uncle would get angry when she told him not to eat food meant for her child.

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