Fire claims three minors, gogo severely injured gog

2018-03-15 06:01
Residents are assisting the deceased family to rebuild their shack.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Residents are assisting the deceased family to rebuild their shack.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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The City of Cape Town has promised to assist the Tywala family who stay in Better Life in Zwelitsha, with the transport and burial of their children Linamandla,14, Sinothando,11, and Someleze,7,.

The three perished in a fire that burned their shack down on Sunday evening.

The fire left Gogo Nyamekwa Tywala ,53, a vegetable vendor, with severe injuries.

About two shacks burned down and one damaged.

The fire was caused by electric fault.

Harare Station Commander Colonel Tshotleho Raboliba confirmed that the fire was caused by electric wire.

“An inquest docket has been opened for further investigation,” said Colonel.

Mayoral Committee member Anda Ntsodo confirmed that the City will support the family for with funeral arrangements.

“As we know that the City usually intervenes and assists the families when there is children pass away. Here in this instance we heard that there are about three children dead in a shack fire. We will assist as usual,” said councillor Ntsodo.

However, he emphasised that there are processes that needed to be followed internally.

“There are some procedures that need to be followed in the City. If they would be buried here in the province the process would be quicker. But even though they will be buried in Eastern Cape still going to assist them,” he said.

Ward councillor Andile Lili described the incident as atrocious and traumatizing.

“The City provided with building material to rebuild their shack. We also ask private donors to contribute with food and clothes to assist the family,” said Lili.

“We need a thoroughly investigation on the cause of death. I’ve heard that it’s not the first time a shack just burned because of electricity. This is a third house. If really the main cause is the electricity we want Eskom to take responsibility,” he stated.

He said he is going to write to Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebana to investigate the cause of the fire,” he said.

One residents who saw the fire, Alime Klaas, said the shack was already engulfed in flames, when she arrived.

“We heard the children screaming inside and their grandmother Nyameka trying to save the younger child, to no avail.

We stopped her as she wanted to go inside. Her back was singed, and her face and both hands and arms were burned,”.

She said all their belongings burned inside, including the vegetables that Nyameka was selling. Klaas said they don’t know how Nyameka survived.

Theo Layne, the City’s Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “Two female minors and a male minor sustained fatal burns and one adult female sustained 50% burns to her body and was treated by the Fire and Rescue Service Medics and transported to hospital. And the cause of the fire undetermined at this stage”.

Nyameka’s niece Nozuko Tywala said they are still waiting for the post-mortem results before they start arrangement for the funeral.

“We will still going to meet as family members and decide about the funeral. But, our wish is to bury them in Keiskammahoek in Eastern Cape.


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