‘This is too painful’, says grieving Orange Farm mom

2015-08-11 10:30

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Johannesburg - The mother of a 4-year-old boy who died in a shack fire in Orange Farm along with four other children has said the loss of her son is too painful for her to bear.

Nthabiseng Magagula had left her son in the care of his grandparents while visiting friends in the neighbourhood on Sunday evening, Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday.

She rushed back home after a phone call from the grandfather, Simon Magagula, and learned of the fate of her son and four others.

Nthabiseng described her son as "beautiful and funny", and said she wished she had rather died with her boy.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the three boys and two girls, between the ages of 4 and 17, died from smoke inhalation, News24 reported.

The five children were sleeping in a backyard shack behind their grandfather’s house when the fire broke out just after midnight.

All the children were confirmed dead on the scene.

Magagula told of his shock and horror at not being able to help the ailing children, The Star reported on Tuesday.

The distraught grandfather told the newspaper that he could hear their cries for help, but was powerless against the flames.

Mulaudzi said no other shacks were damaged in the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, and it is suspected that an electrical cable running from the house to the shack may have started the blaze. 

Two boys, aged 14 and 10, survived the ordeal, and are expected to start counselling sessions at a local clinic.

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