Zanokhanyo pleads for help

2019-07-11 06:01
Principal of Zanokhanyo, Nolubabalo Ndita standing in front of the burned structure.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Principal of Zanokhanyo, Nolubabalo Ndita standing in front of the burned structure.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home in Makhaza is appealing for help to rebuild their premises after it was destroyed in a fire in November last year.

It is alleged that the fire started in the shack at the back of the house and spread to the house and a shipping container, which was used as a kitchen.

Zanokhanyo is a foster care home to 22 children between the ages of four and 22. Since the fire, the children have been housed in a bungalow.

Nolubabalo Ndita, principal at the home, says the are still not sure what caused the fire. “We suspected that the criminals were trying to steal clothes and other stuff that was in the shack,” she says.

She believes that a light must have fallen down in the process and the fire quickly spread through the home.

Ndita says they found some of the clothes hidden outside the yard as if the criminals were going to come back and collect it. “All our belongings including computers, a printer, office furniture burned inside,” she counted.

Ndita says some government officials visited the centre after the incident to assess the damage. She adds they were advised to destroy the structure and rebuild it from scratch.

“We are struggling to rebuild it as we are depending on donations from the community. The City’s Department of Social Development doesn’t fund us as we are registered as foster care, not as a non-governmental organisation (NGO),” said Ndita.

Harare police station spokesperson Captain Siyabulela Vukubi confirmed that the place was set alight and a case of arson was opened.

“A 27-year-old man was arrested. It is alleged that he broke into the place and stole some items and thereafter set the place alight. The case is still in court,” said Vukubi.

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