Mom tells of children's horror deaths

2012-12-13 10:02

Durban - A tearful KwaZulu-Natal mother has told of the horror of losing two children after heavy rains wrecked their home in Chatsworth.

Ntsika Lamle, 14, and his sister Slindile, 5, were asleep when large rocks and old tyres crushed them in their shack, reported the Daily News.

Floods claimed an additional 12 lives in the province following the downpour on Monday night.

Slindile’s twin brother, Lindokuhle, survived the tragedy.

Their mother, Nomafu Lamle, a part-time domestic worker, is traumatised by the horrific deaths of her children. She said she was trying to stop leaks in their home when she suddenly heard a loud bang.

“I ran back into the room and saw a big hole through the wall and my children covered in mud,” she said.

She kicked the door open and screamed for help as rain poured into the shack.

She said her children were not recognisable by the time she could get them out.

She said her daughter’s last words to her were: “’Mama when are you getting us a bed? It’s cold on the floor’, and I told her ‘my baby, I will organise that once you stop wetting the bed’,” said Lamle before bursting into tears.

At least 42 families from the informal settlement were moved to a community hall and residents are being assisted by various organisations.


  • gerald.umraw - 2012-12-13 10:14

    sorry ma on the loss of your children. my heart breaks for you.

  • LULu - 2012-12-13 10:29

    :-( : -(

  • LULu - 2012-12-13 10:29

    :-( : -(

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2012-12-13 10:31

    may there souls rest in peace.

      kvzanten - 2012-12-13 13:14


  • ishaad.mohammed - 2012-12-13 10:49

    this is so sad to read. Come on people lets help this mother and many others like her. I know u are saying it will cost too much. No people it will not cost us a cent - it will just take our vote. We are already paying taxes which gets misused. Lets vote for a goverment that can govern. Children should not be exposed to these elements. The next time u vote think who am i voting for. For who's better life am i voting then put ur X.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-12-13 10:55

      D.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only way!!!

      dawn.ludick - 2012-12-13 10:55

      I agree Ishaad. We need to stand together. Let's help her and others like her. We must vote right. I still believe in Mandela's Dream. He is not lying in the hospitals bed for nothing. Come on South Africa. Let's stand together.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-13 10:56

      Certainly not for the present goverment which only are in the business to feather their own nests!!

  • dawn.ludick - 2012-12-13 10:51

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. This could have been prevented if the government sticked to theire promisses,and provide you with better housing. Again very sorry for the loss of your babies.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-13 10:54

    So tragic!

  • ishaad.mohammed - 2012-12-13 10:57

    I agree Janice - the time for sentiments are over if u cant do the job - then get out and give the next person a chance.

      mariana.barry - 2012-12-13 11:33

      I'm all for Madiba's dream, pity that other's greed has distorted it. We need a party that can take up the flame and run with it. There must be another Madiba out there, dreaming & fighting for others

  • dawn.ludick - 2012-12-13 11:00

    Mandela had a dream. Let's make it work! We need to vote right. Mandela didn't see colour...he wanted faireness(I'm afr sorry for spelling mistakes). We NEED to STAND UP. Enough is enough. Mandela is in hospital. We must help him! So that everybody can have a life!'s a matter of choosing right from wrong!

  • foxiloxi - 2012-12-13 11:32

    So Sorry, how unbelievably sad:-(

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2012-12-13 11:33

    No words... RIP

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-12-13 11:57

    This makes one cries! It is tragic. I am so sorry for this Mother loosing two of her children so tragically! RIP little ones!

  • Brownbear - 2012-12-13 11:58

    This is so sad , brings tears to my eyes . Almost 20 years of democracy and black people still suffer in this land . We need to rid ourself of the cANCer thugs , all they worry about is linning their fat pockets. They worried about building nkandla then the poor. Life .......

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