Charred kids found holding each other

2011-10-17 08:17

Cape Town - Three young children who burned to death when their home caught fire in Nyanga outside Cape Town over the weekend were found holding each other in a cupboard.

Eyewitness News
reported that the incident happened on Saturday night.

The children’s great-grandmother apparently tried to put out the fire but her attempts were in vain.

The charred bodies of Siphelo Mbiko, 6, Mbali Mbiko, 4, and Liko Mbiko, 3, were found in a cupboard where they were holding one another, apparently to escape from the flames.

"I tried to save them, but I couldn't. I couldn't do anything. I just heard them screaming," Jessica Mbiko, 85, told the Cape Times.

Police officials did not have more detail about the fire and how it started, but believe it was caused by an electrical fault.

A police spokesperson said the cause of the fire would be investigated and that inquest dockets had been opened.

  • Sharmay - 2011-10-17 08:27

    RIP :'(

      karen.glautier - 2011-10-17 09:34

      :,( :,( This is too terrible! I have tears in my eyes. RIP, Condolences to the family.

      IAmTheDarkPrince - 2011-10-17 10:25

      modmario you idiot, don't turn this into a political thing. Disgusting. You're lower than scum.

      Sinjoku - 2011-10-17 11:25

      Sad sad sad sad.... I could not read the whole story. Just sad. RIP

      Jethson - 2011-10-17 15:31

      Wow that is very sad. RIP little ones. You are in a better place right now. Actually anywhere is better than South Africa and Africa right now.

  • Neill - 2011-10-17 08:28

    WOW, very sad... RIP!

  • Louise.vanderbijl - 2011-10-17 08:31

    :( very very sad :( RIP

      Raymond - 2011-10-17 11:19

      Why would anybody give this comment a thumbs down?

      Karin - 2011-10-17 13:40

      @raymond - because they are idiots man!!!!!

      tristan.kilian - 2011-10-17 16:46

      @raymond - because they are trolls and live to upset and destroy anything good. Thank goodness they aren't posting so many comments anymore with this facebook commenting system. All they can do now is click the thumbs down.

  • AdriaanAdams - 2011-10-17 08:33

    it's truly sad and something you do not wish upon anybody... our thoughts and prayers are with the family...

  • mehrkegoldner - 2011-10-17 08:35

    Very sad :(

  • sandimzilikazi - 2011-10-17 08:36

    :( How tragic, where were the parents?!! RIP

      claudine.bate - 2011-10-17 09:31

      Margie, maybe the parents were working. Who knows?! It's impossible to be with your children 24/7!

      Dorothea - 2011-10-18 14:40

      gee, sandim.... what a compassionate person you are. are you with your children all the time? if so, i feel very sorry for them - they will turn out just like you....

  • Bazza501 - 2011-10-17 08:37

    So very sad! Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Lisa - 2011-10-17 08:38

    shame this is so sad, rest in peace little one's xxx

  • Zee - 2011-10-17 08:39

    Indeed very very sad. Cant expect the Great grand mother to assist. so where were the parents?

  • Dan - 2011-10-17 08:40

    Very very sad.

  • Marius - 2011-10-17 08:40

    very sad

  • kabelo.leballo - 2011-10-17 08:43

    so sad :(

  • Michele - 2011-10-17 08:45

    very sad,RIP.

  • Erica - 2011-10-17 08:46

    It is yet another example that life in South Africa equals a big fat zero. It is disconcerting to read yet another report of our future generation being killed. Senseless. Who knows one of these little ones could have been our future president or a leading scientist who may have found the cure for AIDS.

      tristan.kilian - 2011-10-17 16:51

      The value of life is not understood properly in the poor communities. Because they are not valued themselves. It's very sad, but true.

  • Hlamalani - 2011-10-17 08:48

    wow...very sad!

  • tasneem.petersenschroeder - 2011-10-17 09:00

    TRAGIC!! :( our prayers are with their parents and family through this difficult times...RIP

  • Moi - 2011-10-17 09:03

    Absolutely tragic. Rest in peace little ones.

  • Bevin - 2011-10-17 09:04

    my heart goes out to the family ,,,,,,,,,,,,,so so sorry RIP :(

  • baudumpho - 2011-10-17 09:09

    sad, RIP

  • Rene - 2011-10-17 09:11

    So sad :-( May they RIP

  • Ann - 2011-10-17 09:11

    That is just so very sad - RIP :(

  • valene.fitzgibbon - 2011-10-17 09:11

    May their souls rest in Peace and rise in Glory.

  • francina.molekoa - 2011-10-17 09:31

    Very sad RIP lil ones:(:(

  • Sheila - 2011-10-17 09:53

    Heart breaking,rip angels.

  • JoAnn - 2011-10-17 09:57

    I would die myself trying to save my daughter...I know the poor woman was 85's just so sad.

  • Alva - 2011-10-17 09:58

    What a very sad thing to have happened. How did it happen that the granny was looking after so many little children on her own? Where were their parents? RIP little kids.

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  • david.j.heimann - 2011-10-17 10:11

    I feel so very very sad for the children - come on ANC start doing something about this you call yourselves the government of the people - now help the people to help themselves

  • NatZach2011 - 2011-10-17 10:58

    This absolutely breaks my heart:'( RIP sweet babies. Condolences to the family.... Who is the idiot who is disliking everybodies sympathetic messages??? u are a very disturbed person!

  • Debbi - 2011-10-17 11:06

    What a horrible thing to happen! RIP little ones and may the grandmother find peace after this tragedy.

  • Brenda - 2011-10-17 11:20

    How tragic and incredibly sad. My heart breaks. This past week has been filled with so much tragedy in SA. Does it never end?

  • Linda - 2011-10-17 11:33

    This is too sad. May their souls rest in peace. @Margie....should've been you.

  • Vincent - 2011-10-17 11:51

    "I tried to save them, but I couldn't. I couldn't do anything. I just heard them screaming," That must be one of the worst things one could ever experience in your life.. to hear little children screaming in pain, burning alive and you can't do anything to stop it. I am so sorry that this happened. Really Sad. RIP

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  • Steven - 2011-10-17 13:28

    This is Horrible & very sad ........Modmario you are a Prick what if it were your kids

  • Marion - 2011-10-17 13:32

    RIP little ones and may your great grandmother find peace. For all those who are questioning where the parents were and blaming the government - you are truly blinkered and sad individuals. Fires happen all the time in all sorts of places. A number of years ago parents and two of their children stood outside the house, unable to get in because of all the burglar proofing, while their little three year old, whom they hadn't been able to get out, died inside the shower where he had gone to try escape the flames. Yes, a white family, in a nice house that was so burglar proofed due to fear of criminals that they had to stand by helplessly while their son died in the flames. For those who have been judgemental, stop it. There but for the grace of God go you.

  • Anthony - 2011-10-17 15:02

    RIP little ones

  • John - 2011-10-17 15:37

    Terribly sad and really feel for the family.

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  • dimitripappas - 2011-10-17 15:58

    Everyone says this is sad. It's not sad, it's truly Horrific. TO be burned alive must be a good few moments of living hell/torment :(

  • Annerie - 2011-10-17 16:10

    That is Soooooo Sad!!!!!!!!

  • Hannelie - 2011-10-17 16:16

    I am at a loss for words RIP

  • tristan.kilian - 2011-10-17 16:55

    such a sad story. the fact that they were holding onto each other is just heart-wrenching.

  • candida.reid - 2011-10-17 17:06

    R.I.P little ones.

  • George - 2011-10-17 17:44

    Shame :( Nobody to blame here, these things happen, sadly. If you're looking to blame someone, man up, and blame God... I'm not trolling, I'm just being honest.

      Dmitri - 2011-10-17 18:32

      George, how can you blame GOD. He has taken them to be with HIM. If you really want to blame someone, blame the politicians who instead of improving the lives of people in places like that, fill their pockets.

      Karoo - 2011-10-17 18:50

      I happen to be a Christian by culture, but why would God choose a horrible, painful death by fire to "take the children to be with Him". I find that disturbing.

      Frits - 2011-10-18 06:12

      I can't imagine the torment of the parents :( @ George: Unfortunately there is somebody to blame; take your pick: - Education - the dangers and fire hazards of improper electrical installations: - Installers - of inferior or illegal connections - Inspectors - that signed off the electrical installation - Salesmen - that sold the inferior electrical apparatus - etc. For such events it is never "an act of god", it is a sheer case of negligence by somebody. Whoever that is should shoulder the blame.

      Reynold - 2011-10-18 16:49

      george you have issues my friend.

  • sbriedenhann - 2011-10-17 19:22

    Im so sorry little ones. You did not deserve that at all. Condolences to the family.

  • Anton - 2011-10-17 20:41

    Heartbreaking sad and tragic. My hearts go out to their family members and may the RIP .... This is going to stay with me for some time...

  • karin.mccallum - 2011-10-17 21:00

    heart breaking, RIP little ones