Domestic saves employer's mom from fire

2013-06-20 09:25
Rosina Motaung (Sonya Smit, Beeld)

Rosina Motaung (Sonya Smit, Beeld)

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Pretoria - A domestic worker from Pretoria has saved her employer’s elderly mother from a burning granny flat.

Rosina Motaung, 48, told Beeld how she got a huge fright when she saw flames coming out of the flat of Malie Immelman, 92.

“Rosie is worth gold,” said a grateful Deon de Villiers, Immelman’s son-in-law.

The fire started on Tuesday afternoon in Immelman’s granny flat, which adjoins her daughter’s house in Rietfontein.

Motaung was cleaning the house when she heard her name being called. She ran to the garden flat and saw smoke coming out.

When she went inside, she saw the kitchen was on fire and a confused Immelman coming from the bathroom.

Immelman’s son, Carel, 70, was unable to help his mother get out of the flat due to a leg injury and Motaung helped Immelman escape.

“I can feel my body is sore from all the stress,” said Motaung.  

The fire was fortunately put out before the main house could catch fire but the granny flat was completely destroyed.

Immelman was treated for smoke inhalation but was said to be doing well.

De Villiers said the family was very grateful to Motaung, who had worked for the family for more than 20 years.

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