I SURVIVED | Burn victim on life ten years after being set alight

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Ten years after being set alight, Thembi Maphanga is living life to the fullest.
Ten years after being set alight, Thembi Maphanga is living life to the fullest.
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It’s been 10 years since that fateful day when she lost her beloved daughter and she herself stood at death’s door after a fire started by her then-boyfriend.

Today, Thembi Maphanga is vibrant, happy and living her life to the fullest – something she says she owes her little girl, Kamo, who died at the age of two. She laughs and jokes when we catch up with her on this momentous anniversary of the day that changed her life.

“I’ve been great, and I’ve grown,” the 43-year-old from Middelburg in Mpumalanga tells DRUM.

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