Dube calls for lightning probe

2011-01-03 14:26

Eshowe - KwaZulu-Natal MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nomsa Dube on Monday called on the national department of science and technology to investigate the causes of lightning after seven people 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," 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.

On Sunday four members of the Cele family, Samke, two, Lindani, 12, Zandile, 37, and Edith, 57, were killed when lightning struck their rondavel which burnt to ashes.

A surviving member of the family, Philani, said he had carried the bodies of his dead family members out of the rondavel.

"It started raining yesterday around 15:00, we were all from church, then there was lightning which struck the house and there was a fire.

"I ran out of the house and later noticed that my family was still inside, I went back and carried them out," said Philani.

He said among the dead were his mother, son, brother and aunt.

Dube was expected to visit the second family later on Monday where three people died.

  • NowOrNever - 2011-01-03 14:35

    The national department of science and technology to investigate the causes of lightning??? What a joke. If you gave attention in school you would know where it comes from and what the causes are. Wow this is enlightning.

      Amratian - 2011-01-03 14:43

      Yes, I agree with you. There must be thousands of books, articles and research done on lightning. It just goes to show you the incredible ignorance of some of the so-called leaders and then the rubbish gets published.

      Kyle_logan - 2011-01-03 15:08

      @noxcleva we all know the cause of lightning, and for her to ask how to avoid it shows again how stupid she is.... as to an education programme fine, lets start with not building shack out of iron!, it's pretty damm obvious, but them again thats what you get when you educated by the ANC led goverment!

      brentjh - 2011-01-03 15:15

      Like I said in the previous article about this... Declare a state of emergency, and ask the American government for some aid. Not food aid, financial aid, say about 200 Mil US, that sould shed some light on the situation, we may then even get to find out what the cause of lightning really is!

      JuJu - 2011-01-03 15:17

      @noxcleva LOL, you also didn't attend school did you, or maybe go ask a refund since you missed the classes in grade 5 about lightning.

      dekookert - 2011-01-03 15:19

      Hahahahahahaha! This has made my day. Well this is what you get when your country is run by a bunch of circus freaks. Eish Dube go to school get a Gr9 textbook and read. If you can? You don't have to spend millions of our tax payers money to find the cause of lightning.

      brentjh - 2011-01-03 15:30

      erm... maybe we need more lightning... erm... to study it better I meant...

      Barry M - 2011-01-03 15:36

      And these mega-morons run this country – no wonder we are in such deep sh!t. Being stupid is one thing – announcing it to the world is something else. This woman should hide her head in shame, better still, do us all a huge favour and hide her whole being - till the end of time would be nice!! And take the rest of the ANC muppets with you!

      Zion - 2011-01-03 15:48

      Actually I am thunderstruck that such ignorance can exist. The only way to prevent being struck is not to be there when it strikes. On would have assumed that rural communities would have found methods of averting tragedy in thunder storms. Most high school pupils should have a good grasp on the subject. MEC Nomsa Dube is definitely not the sharpest pencil in the box.

      Mundu - 2011-01-03 18:19

      What a Dufus and this is the calibre of people leading the country. Cry the beloved is the time for your tears. Hey Dube! lay off the frecking dube's, your brain is vrot.

      SaintBruce - 2011-01-03 18:45

      Minister Dube is welcome to have a lightning probe administered to her - she needs to be first in line! LOL Last time I checked the CSIR do have a lightning generator ( unless they sold it) to test cars for the safety aspect in lightning conditions. One good 5 million volt charge should provide a decent 'probe' for the minister - no follow up report required! Come to Pretoria Minister Dube, they are waiting to probe you in the interests of science and research......

      Gazza Boy - 2011-01-04 08:20

      noxcleva - maybe they should have put an old tyre on the roof of the shack, cleva ne!

      Logs01 - 2011-01-04 09:10

      Get Malenema to shut it down permanently. Must be those Bloody Agents again.....

      PonkieDiel - 2011-01-04 09:25

      Lightning is new to them? Where were they for the past million years? Eish, we were too busy copulating to recognise this new lightning phenomenon...

      SiphovdMerwe - 2011-01-04 09:47

      @Kyle_logan, can I start off by saying you an idiotic a**hole, who gets off on ridiculing blacks to make yourself feel better because you get no respect from your peers. You act like you know it all, but you don't know jack. Firstly: Those houses struck by lightning were mud huts, not iron shacks. Secondly: Even if they made of corrugated iron, by virtue of it being made out of iron, we should see the electrons being repelled deeper into the earth's surface in a quest to gain a positive charge from the earth's surface. Therefore, the wouldn't be so much damage. Thirdly: Since this happened in the Zululand, with lots of open spaces, it'd make sense that apart from trees, the houses are closest points of least resistance. Stop being a jerk-off. At least bantu education taught me something you can only act like you know. You belong in the same class as the MEC.

      SiphovdMerwe - 2011-01-04 12:17

      @Baas-Julius, it was on the news last night. News24 is not my prime source of current affairs. No wonder most people here have a one sided view. By the way, "Keep-It-Simple-Stupid", this is a news forum, not an Electrostatics course.

      Tgif - 2011-01-04 14:40

      Maybe Nomsa Dube should take a flight up into a big storm with all the MEC's to study this new phenomenon up close .Hopefully the plane gets struck down and the plane full of ANC deployed Cadres go down and we are shut of some more of them, more progress

      Jiga - 2011-01-05 09:28

      Kyle_logan is an idiot. I suspect she knows that too, she just wont admit it

      Organist-1 - 2011-01-05 09:40

      NowOrNever, for your info, Dube never went to school with the result he hasn't a clue about anything. Only got this job because he is a Zuma buttlicker.

      Kyle_logan - 2011-01-05 10:18

      @Jiga, that he, not she! damn it... care to quantify your statement? Any evidance to back that up? I could run rings around both you and Sipho with out even bothering to try... but keep trying it's entertaining

      Gundaan - 2011-01-05 15:05

      The Ancestors were angry & decided to Zap a few mortals on the ground !!!

      Gatvolverby - 2011-01-18 08:22

      This is a actual facebook conversation between two people. Rudolph Olivier What is the cause of the lightning? 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. Robert Edward Ball Eee...yes. We need to determine dee cause of dee lightning. It is too bed. Eish! Rudolph Olivier EEEEENNNGGYes. So Then But Now We sit with the big problem. How eish bana, oooooo Haa He.. How??? U see the eee crime she is not a problem in South Africa, and there is no eee curruption within South Africa. But eee jou see the lightning she is a big very very big problem. Eish We need the youth in this one, get me a new youth! Robert Edward Ball Dis a blooody agent! U see de lightning is white, ne? It has white tendencies and only strikes bleck peeple. It is rascist! Rudolph Olivier EEE You Genuis you. Hooooo Haa He. You need Aword for input toward Lightning. Robert Edward Ball Dis lightning is a rascist plot devised by dee white man to kill bleck people! Rudolph Olivier We should concrete evedance of this hole story and then cum with the solution to patch it up with. BEE might be one solution start empowering black lighning. Robert Edward Ball So then but now, in fact, especially because..apartheid.

  • Christelle - 2011-01-03 14:38

    Investigate the cause of lightning?! Em...duh! Surely you mean investigate means of avoiding being struck by lightning as opposed to the actual cause? The journalist really could have written this better - yes, it is a verbatim qoute, but let's try and be fair to the politician when it's clear that's not what she meant!

      irnests - 2011-01-04 08:01

      @Christelle for years there has been simple ways to handle lightning. Have you ever seen very high steel poles next to thatched roof houses, this is just one way to lessen chances of your house being struck. Here, I have just saved South African TAX payers millions for research. You're welcome...

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-01-05 10:03

      DUDE....u just lost me my tender...i would of charged millions for my "Broad based economic empowerment via electonic depowerment pole" nice guy

      freeflyshannon - 2011-01-05 10:14

      @ Christelle - Then what the hell is she doing in that position when she can't even express herself properly? Do you not grasp that the whole world sees this and paint us all with the same 'stupid- brush"? Wake up and stop defending the incompetence - you are only shooting yourself in the foot.

  • boreas - 2011-01-03 14:39

    Although it is no laughing matter that people died, the article sounds like someone took it straight from The Onion, pretty funny.

      lean - 2011-01-04 16:53

      107 people die every minute. 6390 people die in an hour, one of the biggest causes of death in the world is cardiovascular disease, - definitely not lightning LoL... Investigate the cause of lightning?! What kind of scientists is she going to hire for this investigation? The woodwork scientists, I guess?!

  • Chain gang - 2011-01-03 14:39

    HAHAHAHAHA and THIS made news!!!

      Barry M - 2011-01-03 15:37

      Good thing it did - shows the world how dof these ANC gravy-train leeches are!

  • tyronster - 2011-01-03 14:39

    Is this a serious story? not April fools or something?

      NeonGirl - 2011-01-03 15:52

      i was wondering the same thing...

  • Herman - 2011-01-03 14:41

    oh they'll be investigating why the sun is shining....

      Barry M - 2011-01-03 15:38

      Or "Eish......where does it go when the light goes out?"

      PonkieDiel - 2011-01-04 16:16

      Shhh Herman!! Julius Mal-ennema might want to visit the sun in an attempt to swindle funds from it. He will travel to the sun at night so it will not burn him.

  • Tieneke - 2011-01-03 14:41

    WHAT A BREAKTHROUGH! SA is going to find out what causes lightning!!! Are you serious? Spend the money on educating people on what to do when there is a thunder storm. We already know the causes. HEHEHEHe.

  • JuJu - 2011-01-03 14:41

    LOL, what? This woman is the MEC and does not know what causes lightning! We learned what causes lightning in Std 3 / Grade 5. Did she attend any school?

      Tumi - 2011-01-04 10:56

      And what really causes lighting?

      iJuba - 2011-01-04 11:54

      @ Tumi "Scientists have studied root causes ranging from atmospheric perturbations (wind, humidity, friction, and atmospheric pressure) to the impact of solar wind and accumulation of charged solar particles.[4] Ice inside a cloud is thought to be a key element in lightning development, and may cause a forcible separation of positive and negative charges within the cloud, thus assisting in the formation of lightning." There, now u happy???

      walshcraig - 2011-01-05 12:55

      A Tumi.... Google is your friend, look it up you twat!!

  • - 2011-01-03 14:43

    What a waste of tax payer's money.

  • symbiosis1981 - 2011-01-03 14:43

    when i was about 8 staying in KZN when ever a lightining storm was brewing, we used to mount these long lead rods around the house they're called "abafana bezulu"(lightning boys) they always worked, maybe they should do the same, but i've noticed that we have forgotten the power of lightning last week i was watching tv during a lightning storm not aware that lightning can travel though the electric cables.

      Just Greg - 2011-01-03 22:42

      Agreed, When I was in Texas USA visiting friends, everybody had what is called " A lightning rod " installed on the sides or roof of their houses to conduct the strike away from the structure and into the ground. We have all major appliances connected to surge protectors as well, just in case of lightning strikes.

  • RQd2 - 2011-01-03 14:44

    Wow, i'm almost speechless. "Lightning is new to us?" Really? I thought it had been around for billions of years, much like rain and hail...

      Macho Mike - 2011-01-03 15:13

      And like Tweeter, i suppose the ANC will try ban lightning...

      Zinki - 2011-01-03 15:16

      Maybe Miss Dube is an alien and didn't have lightning where she came from!

      insoucianttroll - 2011-01-04 07:42

      No No, not billions of years (numbers too big). It was just last week that lightening was confirmed to be real. After all, fire was only discovered the day before.

  • UberSkeptic - 2011-01-03 14:45

    Wow! Ummm... I'm speechless. Instead of spending a few million Rands on determining the causes of lightning, allow me to help you out:

      Radrodent - 2011-01-03 15:35

      Ya uberskeptic. You forget one thing. This is how Dube would google it.

  • Kevipedia - 2011-01-03 14:46

    Utterly ridiculous yet completely unsurprising.

  • missgremlin - 2011-01-03 14:47

    God help us - these fools are running the country?

      Bryan - 2011-01-03 16:15

      @Tshifhiwa: Yep then all SA will have left is dumb people (who don't know where lightning comes from) and thousands of deaths caused by lightning. Your comment is just as stupid as Dube's; are you family?

  • Ederik - 2011-01-03 14:47

    What ANC member will now get a few million bucks for this? JOKE OF THE YEAR.

      Logs01 - 2011-01-04 09:15

      Jokes by our "leaders" for 2011, have just started. This can be topped easily many times over. Just read the "news" everyday....

  • Darryl Oliver - 2011-01-03 14:47

    "We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning," said Dube. Seriously? And how is that going help. He could use Google, first item: "Scientists from the department could perhaps help us and come up with instruments that could help community members protect themselves against lightning." We have these instruments, they are called Lightning Rods.

      Zion - 2011-01-03 15:58

      These lightning rods are usually made of copper. Install dozens of copper rods in a rural village and they will be stolen even before the next downpour.

      jacquisw - 2011-01-04 12:22

      Too true Zion, too true and rather sad.

      alan - 2011-01-04 13:06

      @Zion. Wrong there, they are usually made from nothing more exotic than galvanised mild steel pipe. But then other popular "take away" items are also made from steel or iron, e.g. manhole covers.

  • taetjo - 2011-01-03 14:49

    Hahahahahaha... and search for lightning. That should be a start.

  • - 2011-01-03 14:51

    Say what?? Perhaps this has been misinterpreted, but if not I hope it is a joke? Investigate the cause of lightning? To use this to try figure out devices to protect people? Hello? a) please go back to school if you honestly don't know where lightning comes from/how it originates b) please drive around JHB or simply do a search on the internet if you need devices that help protect against lightning....these are available if only you looked. c) perhaps some awareness campaigns to the communities where lightning occurs frequently on what to do when there is lighning to prevent being hit! Might cost less than getting a whole department to "investigate" something we all already know about!

  • Hear-Here - 2011-01-03 14:51

    The will conclude it was and still is caused by Apartheid.

      ELOQUENCE - 2011-01-04 07:47


      Logs01 - 2011-01-04 09:18

      @ELOQUENCE. It "hurts" when it is true!. Get Malenema to shut down all lightning immediately. Problem solved!!

      freeflyshannon - 2011-01-05 10:20

      @ 100% Darkie - it's actually "YOU'RE pathetic - not "your" . Heh heh - Two birds with one stone....

  • jakkeyter - 2011-01-03 14:52

    LMAO!! Are you serious? Causes of lightning! Unfortunately Nomsa Dube is not MEC of water works, we could have seen an investigation into why there’s drought in certain areas. "Eish, why is it not raining? We need to do something about this."

  • OkieDokie - 2011-01-03 14:52

    And this woman is the MEC - hahaha - she is a joke !!

  • Peter - 2011-01-03 14:53

    And this stupid women is an MEC.She should go back to grade 7. Maybe she was at the Malema School of Higher Learning.What an embarrassment.This is why this country is on a suicide dive to oblivion.

  • dean.langkilde - 2011-01-03 14:57

    OMG, there is no hope for some....

  • hpeter673 - 2011-01-03 14:57

    hey people this is 3 Jan not 1 April - you have publish this article to early - eisch

  • postscript6167 - 2011-01-03 14:59

    it's caused by the tokaloshe. If you want to protect yourself from it, put bricks under your bed.

      Kwailoh88 - 2011-01-04 05:13

      all due respect but also in agrreement with your sugestion- "put your bed on bricks" is the correct method. - You see Tokaloshe cannot climb bricks - so 3 or 4 per leg - that is higher than what he can reach.- Dept of Sience and Technology >(Para)normal study group

  • dhenning - 2011-01-03 14:59

    They should spend some time reading or using Google, what a joke, !!!!!!!!!

      pointblankza - 2011-01-03 16:35

      Ja sure you idiot, every rural area has Internet and access to computers. You sir are a complete idiot.

      Nick - 2011-01-03 18:43

      Ja sure pointblankza, because the MEC lives in a rural area with no access to water, electricity and the internet. Chop!!!

      ray.romans - 2011-01-05 14:31

      @pointblank: Most people have access to books, hence the suggestion READING or using Google.

  • Picasso - 2011-01-03 14:59

    After many millions of rands and weeks of research they'll probably find that Apartheid is the reason for lightning... The bloody racist agent cloads with its white tendencies!!

      Zinki - 2011-01-03 15:17

      Well said!

      pointblankza - 2011-01-03 16:35

      Yawn... moving on, stupid lame ass comment.

      KarenC - 2011-01-04 12:39

      Hey, you've seen the Doom advert? there is a lightening bolt that come out the can.. must be for all those cock-a-roaches'

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-01-03 15:00

    WAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA>> ""We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning," said Dube" We have found pinky now to help him find his brain! Mr Dube phone 666 and ask to speak to the person in charge...

  • Thor - 2011-01-03 15:00

    The lightning are owned and where sent by the imperialists. We must nationalise this lightning.. the power must belong to the people... To many white people own lightning and this is due to apartheid when lightning was taken from the people and given to whites...

      Radrodent - 2011-01-03 15:42

      Love your comment. Bring me my lightning!

      Barrydegreat - 2011-01-05 15:09

      Good one sounds......... like the fat boy

      Zama - 2011-01-05 15:53

      "To many white people own lightning and this is due to apartheid when lightning was taken from the people and given to whites... hhha hhha. do you mean whites not people?

  • john - 2011-01-03 15:00

    Does the word LIGHTNING even exist in pedi ?

      Johnny - 2011-01-03 15:22

      Yes, e-lightning

      Radrodent - 2011-01-03 15:43

      Yes, it's alongside hermaphrodite in the Pedi dictionary.

      BrownAfrican - 2011-01-04 10:59

      You must be an embarassment to your kids

      walshcraig - 2011-01-05 13:00

      Bwwaaahhaaaa John,,, Thanks, I needed a good laugh today!!

  • sarelvdwalt - 2011-01-03 15:00

    This is just a theory... but among certain circles, it is thought that every time Malema opens his mouth, somewhere in the world lightning occurs... if he says something really stupid, somebody dies! Zomg!

  • Ascendo Tuum - 2011-01-03 15:01

    Shocking! No doubt lightning will be found to be Apartheid's fault. How about:- Install lignting conductors. Don't shelter under trees. Don't walk in the open during a storm. You know, the kind of thing we have been told for centuries. There, I have saved you spending the money!

  • KjustK - 2011-01-03 15:02

    What is this lightinig? eish!!!

      Radrodent - 2011-01-03 15:43

      A bastard and a bloody agent!

  • Ettienne - 2011-01-03 15:04

    Ok here it is and I just saved the tax payers plenty of moola. Lightning is produced in thunderstorms when liquid and ice particles above the freezing level collide, and build up large electrical fields in the clouds. Once these electric fields become large enough, a giant "spark" occurs between them (or between them and the ground) like static electricity, reducing the charge separation. The lightning spark can occur between clouds, between the cloud and air, or between the cloud and ground. As seen in the photo above, cloud-to-ground lightning usually occurs near the boundary between the updraft region (where the darkest) clouds are, and the downdraft/raining region (with the lighter, fuzzy appearance). Sometimes, however, the lightning bolt can come out of the side of the storm, and strike a location miles away, seemingly coming out of the clear blue sky. As long as a thunderstorm continues to produce lightning, you know that the storm still has active updrafts and is still producing precipitation. The temperature inside a lightning bolt can reach 50,000 degrees F, hotter than the surface of the sun. Objects that are struck by lightning can catch on fire, but since the flash is so brief, objects can also show little or no evidence of burning at all.

      RQd2 - 2011-01-03 15:10

      What photo?

      Radrodent - 2011-01-03 15:45

      Ag nee ettienne. Now Eishkom will want to nationalise lightning you idiot. Just another thing the poor colonialists now have to live without.

      Zion - 2011-01-03 16:03

      Ok, so send us the account. millions should do.

      Soothsayer - 2011-01-05 08:14

      @Ettiene.What photo?You article is definetely "cut and paste".Another plagiarism at its best.At least Dube does not remember the Grade 3 stuff,let the experts speak.

  • Paul - 2011-01-03 15:04

    Maybe she should stick to the traditional affairs.

      Baas-Julius - 2011-01-04 10:19

      Maybe she must rather go back to school, she can still catch this years entrance.

  • dhenning - 2011-01-03 15:06

    It has to be a joke, How did she get the job?????????? seriously, come on, Use Google or something but stop making a @$$ off yourselve.

      Radrodent - 2011-01-03 15:46

      Impossible. @$$ is already made. Cannot be un@SSed!

  • rodram.martin - 2011-01-03 15:09

    What an idiot! Standard 2 education perhaps?

  • ProfAndy - 2011-01-03 15:09

    Reminds me of a show on 702 Talk Radio a few years ago about lightning. People called in and said that you must put a tire on your roof to prevent lightning striking your house. The worst was that these same people cited the fact that lightning had not struck their house as "proof" that it worked... This country urgently needs improved basic education and this article simply highlights the levels of ignorance in SA. Very sad...

      Zion - 2011-01-03 16:08

      S0ome of the old guard, older than myself that is, Believed one must cover up a mirror with a sheet because if it is struck it will reflect lightning all over the place. Curtains should also be drawn to prevent it getting into the house.

      Tieneke - 2011-01-03 18:02

      And don't forget to put all scissors away, far far away.

  • rodram.martin - 2011-01-03 15:09

    What an idiot! Primary school education would be a good start!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-03 15:10

    Wow, a lightning probe. Must be a world first. Strike while you can Dube. Most kids know where lightning comes from, and how it is created. But then again you MEC's know nothing, and show your ignorance up time and time again. While you are at it, also investigate where thunder comes from. You may find a link between the two. And it's not even 1st April yet.

      Radrodent - 2011-01-03 15:50

      Ooh!...ooh!... know where thunder comes from. You see, what I do is.... I eat beans....later....later..... viola...Thunder! No research required.

  • allie - 2011-01-03 15:12

    Dube,it`s your forefathers playing with their batterytoys they got for xmas

      Tieneke - 2011-01-03 18:03

      Glad its not the fore-mothers playing with their battery toys.....oops....

      wartmonger - 2011-01-04 01:46

      @Tieneke .....naughty naughty!

      branden.hart - 2011-01-05 07:30

      @Tieneke - Nope that's the thunder - "Nog" a Probe.

  • bigmatt18 - 2011-01-03 15:12

    It is from the bloody imperialists!

  • Lionel - 2011-01-03 15:12

    Next you will hear that the SA Lottery has given them 20 mill in funding to fund this "research". And of course everyone involved will need a BMW X5 to visit the scene of this strange lightning phenomenon. And we will no doubt need to organise a congress to plan the way forward. ( And another one to discuss the results of the findings )

  • Kyle_logan - 2011-01-03 15:12

    I explained it to my 8 year old son the other day, maybe I can get him to explain it to her....

  • Chris Martinus - 2011-01-03 15:14

    They must have displeased their ancestors.

  • brentjh - 2011-01-03 15:14

    Like I said in the previous article about this... Declare a state of emergency, and ask the American government for some aid. Not food aid, financial aid, say about 200 Mil US, that sould shed some light on the situation, we may then even get to find out what the cause of lightning really is!

  • ryan.budden - 2011-01-03 15:17

    I'll sell you my notes from grade 3 science for the millions you will now give to some ANC family member to "research" the issue...

      Radrodent - 2011-01-03 15:52

      Post them on news24 and see if the media tribunal will stop them from being published.

  • KarenC - 2011-01-03 15:17

    Bwaaahahahahahahaha hahahahhahaha hehehehehehehe hohohoohohohohohoho WOW Im laughing so hard Im crying... ""The department has dealt with floods and fires, but lightning was new to us," said Dube." Bwaaahahahahahahahaha hehehehehe hahahahahahaha Oh no there I go again.

      dale.hylton - 2011-01-03 16:51

      We should send her to be an MEC in Australia. Every December that poor country suffers from either fires or floods, & she claims to have those sorted.

  • pnutz - 2011-01-03 15:19

    If I understand the article correctly they are blaming the lightning when actually it was fire that the lightning caused that burnt the people to death? Were the elctrocuted or burnt by the dwellings they were in? A fire extinguisher and building codes/laws would have prevented that happening.So spend our tax monies on building these people houses and put lightning rods up and education as to the dangers of a natural act that even lightning rods and faraday cages are powerless against so they are aware and less people will die rather than some stupid goose chase. Goverment failed again. The floods, fires and lightning damages would all be a lot less if they stopped buying new cars and their own lavish houses and spent tax money were its meant to go on the less fortunate people in this country to enable them some quality of life and integration into society where they can have a damn good nights sleep as well!!!! How much money does the Insurance industry pay out on lightning damages every year this is not a new problem at all seeing lightning has been around since the beginning of the planet's existence and there are a million strikes a second around the world!

      moiraine - 2011-01-03 22:57

      @pointblankza It is the MEC that is asking for a probe, not the people. She should know better. If she doesnt, she should think before she speaks. Secondly, are you saying that lightning is a new phenomenen in KZN? People/houses/animals have been stuck by lightning for centuries in rural and urban areas, it is not new. pnutz was saying there SHOULD be building codes etc in these places, and this may have been prevented. This should be what we are all working towards.If other countries can do it why shouldnt we. Personally I think this is shocking journalism, I am sure that this must have been misinterpreted, I really dont believe that a public person can have said something so silly.

      insoucianttroll - 2011-01-04 07:55

      @all. Stop taking this pointblankza seriously. It is a stoopid troll looking for reactions after typing a few words of its vapid opinions.

      pnutz - 2011-01-04 15:57

      @Pointblankza I think maybe slowing down on the negative comments you have in every single new 24 article almost ever you would have realised my statement was in fact stating that had government and the rest done their jobs these people should have all been in houses and had access to that rather than whats been spent on other crap. We were warned already earlier in the year this year would be our wettest and stormiest. Its a bit late aftr the fact to start wanting to investigate isn't it? People have already died that could have been saved by a bit of education alone. Instead of calling me an idiot and 'thick Afrikaner kraal mentality' maybe you should take some time out and maybe understand I'm not even white lol. Your comments always seem to have the same message where someone is an idiot and of course you know better. We are all entitled to our opinions and heres mine: You have issues with your own mental capacity and culture/language you were born into as to why ever post you make calls someone an afrikaner idiot.

      Belinda - 2011-01-05 11:59

      pnutz i vote for u for president!!!!!!!!

  • Johnny - 2011-01-03 15:20

    STOP !!!! I'll do it -- for free ... HERE YOU, my contribution to the community

      Johnny - 2011-01-03 15:21

      Saw it Ettienne got hold of the same article !!

      Kobus - 2011-01-03 16:06

      Hide the link, the national department of science and technology would charge millions for the info. Let them battle a bt in finding it. What a joke.

      branden.hart - 2011-01-05 07:32

      WOW - 2 articles the same, does that mean that lightning strikes twice??