3 teens killed by lightning in KZN

2013-01-10 07:27

Durban - Three teenagers died when they were struck by lightning in KwaChezu, Nkandla, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Wednesday evening, authorities said.

"Two of them aged 13 and 14 and from the Dlamini family, and one from the Zwane family, died instantly when they were struck by lightning while returning from a local tuck shop," provincial co-operative governance department spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said.

It brought to more than 10 the number of people killed by lightning in the province in the past few weeks.

MEC Nomusa Dube, who would visit the teenagers' families soon, sent condolences.

"These incidents are getting more severe and their frequency suggests that extreme and abnormal weather conditions caused by climate change have a lot to do with these tragedies," she said.

  • henri.lombard - 2013-01-10 07:40

    wasnt she the one that said these are racist lightning?

      Wish EaTwice - 2013-01-10 07:57

      Whatever can that be??

      johan.fou - 2013-01-10 08:30

      03/01/2011 "We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning..." Well done Miss Dube! After 2 years, you finally figured it out!

      brendan.vogt.1 - 2013-01-10 09:30

      KwaZulu-Natal MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nomsa Dube called on the national department of science and technology to investigate the causes of lightning after seven people died in lightning strikes. "We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning, and if it only happened to the previously disadvantaged as I have never seen any white people being struck by lightning." said Dube. She was visiting Mpumazi in Eshowe where seven people from two families died after being struck by lightning on Sunday. "Scientists from the department could perhaps help us and come up with instruments that could help community members protect themselves against lightning. "The department has dealt with floods and fires, but lightning was new to us," said Dube.

      jacobus.m.vantonder - 2013-02-12 13:43

      Culture in KZN may as well play a role, it is a believe that when raining, it will be safe to stand under a Ziziphus mucronata, Buffalo Thorn tree, that lightning will not srike you, the location of these trees might hold a key to that, as they are normally in low areas with water but will, if conditions are right, grow in higher areas.

  • justa.minority - 2013-01-10 07:52

    Does the MEC visit all those that are raped and murdered daily? Guess they got nothing better to do. Natures own electric chair .

  • Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2013-01-10 08:08

    mec these lighting strikes happen everywhere everyday but are never reported because maybe they are far from Nkandla its unfortunate to little boys for their innocent life to b cut short like this

  • chris.debeer1 - 2013-01-10 08:09

    Reading these comments I realize the ANC has achieved their goal in racial polarization of South Africa. No mention 13-14 year old Kids killed by a freak of nature condolences to the families. I really feel for their families and hate Zoomer even more for his destruction and polarization of our country

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-10 08:11

    Education and parental guidance (although many parents require guidance themselves)is seriously lacking in SA. Lightning is dangerous in the veld and under trees. There has always been and there will always be lightning. It has not changed, only the reporting of tragic incidents like this!

      walter.o.latham - 2013-01-10 08:20

      True, but mud huts with thatched roof and without lightning conductors are also extremely vulnerable. These incidents happen throughout Africa every day. By the way, everyone will have noticed the plethora of lightning conductors within the bounds of a certain compound of thatched mansions situated in the district of Nkandla. "I'm alright Jack!"

  • fdalana - 2013-01-10 08:14

    condolenes to their families.

  • melissa.buytendag - 2013-01-10 08:27

    Its nature... You cant blame anyone or anything for this. Its the way of life. It happens everywhere in the world. May their young souls rest in peace. I too know of someone that got killed by a lighting strike over december. he flew more than 20m away from where he was struk.

  • thethird.wors - 2013-01-10 08:28

    didn't some idiot government official last year say something about setting up a commission to investigate these lightening strikes? Wonder how that is going.

  • chez.kri - 2013-01-10 08:54

    More black children get struck by lightening because more black children walk everywhere. Perhaps if their king parted with some of the millions he needs to desperatley for his gold plated taps, he could help uplift his people so they don't have to live so far from the shops? Some of the poorest people in S.A are governed by one of the wealthiest. Makes you drink, doesn't it?

  • jonathan.dutoit2 - 2013-01-10 09:04

    Blame it on Verwoerd, as you do.

  • cnako.faxi - 2013-01-10 09:08

    They r girls aged 7 and 10

  • tankandamo - 2013-01-10 09:24

    it's Witchcraft,witches use lightning to kill people that way people will think it was a lightning that killed the girls.

      melissa.buytendag - 2013-01-10 09:30

      hahahahahahahaha funny

      tankandamo - 2013-01-10 14:42

      yeah its funny cos u know nothing.

  • luther.duplessis.3 - 2013-01-10 10:11

    send another probe

      luther.duplessis.3 - 2013-01-10 10:13

      the first probe must have been a dud, maybe just google will work

  • conquergp33 - 2013-01-10 10:38

    Yes God also doesnt like this Nkandla story either

  • jacques.dekock.3 - 2013-01-10 12:38

    These are kids that died and you're all joking about the incident. Just another reason why I'm staying put in the UK. SA is beautiful and I miss it but its just to racial and mentality will never change.

      luther.duplessis.3 - 2013-01-11 11:51

      you are right, enjoy rainy UK while we will go find out where this lightning comes from

  • ria.duplessisstoddart - 2013-01-10 13:19

    Blame it on apartheid

  • Nhlanganiso Patrick Ntarah - 2013-01-11 07:37

    people!!We are talking about lives here,souls but u keep on joking about it! You always involve politics every where though there's no need! this is natural and it is inevitable !Respect yourselves stop being childish and behave like matured!

      luther.duplessis.3 - 2013-01-11 11:52

      Mature people are killing one another while children are innocent and pure. besides, you don't know my age

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