Boys who died in fire locked in house

2014-05-31 17:00
Fire (Picture: AFP)

Fire (Picture: AFP)

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Cape Town - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on Saturday sent condolences to the family of two boys who died after a fire broke out in a homestead in Delft, Cape Town.

"We send our condolences to the family of the children who died in the fire last [Friday] night," she said.

"It is unfortunate for such young lives to be lost in this manner; our thoughts are with the family."

Earlier, the city's disaster risk management centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the fire destroyed two backyard dwellings in Fort Worth Street in Delft on Friday night.

"Two boys aged five and six died in the fire. It is not yet known what caused the fire," he said.

Dlamini said the department would launch its 2014 Child Protection Week Campaign in Delft on Sunday.

The campaign is aimed at promoting the safety, well-being, care and protection of children, she said.

Dlamini said more needed to be done to support families.

"The report that the children were locked inside the house while the grandmother was away communicates a lack of a support system for both the children and the grandmother," she said.

"Had a proper family support system been in place, there would not have been a need to leave the children locked up and unattended, and they might have probably survived the fire."

Police have opened an inquest docket, Solomons-Johannes said.

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