The community members of Eziphunzini are still in shock and are mourning the death of two children who passed away after the house they resided in caught alight on Tuesday, 6 November 2018.
According to information received from Colonel Mbongwa, Station Commander at the local Police Station, the children were trapped in the fire and could not escape from the house. It is believed that the house had some electrical problems and whilst the children’s mother was sleeping in another room, they tried to warm themselves at a stove.
The children presumably switched on the stove and due to an electrical problem, the house caught fire. The mother was allegedly woken by the smell of smoke and tried get out of the house. She managed to escape, but it was too late for the 4-year old boy and 5-year old girl (names are not published due to the sensitive nature of the article).
On Thursday, 8 November, Mkhondo Local Municipality personnel, together with representatives of the Department of Home Affairs, SASSA and the Department of Social Development, held a meeting with the deceased children’s family members in order to offer their assistance. During the discussions, it was decided that the municipality and its stakeholders plan to fund the burial and all the costs involved in putting the children to rest. The local SAPS would like to create awareness by informing the public to be very careful concerning electricity.
If you find that your house has some kind of electrical problem, it is imperative to immediately take action. By getting in a qualified person to repair the problem, you might be able to prevent an unfortunate event, such as what happened to these two children. Our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the two children. May they rest in peace.
A house in Group 10 (Waterwese- area) burnt to the ground after a fire erupted on Saturday, 3 November. According to the Mkhondo Fire and Rescue Unit personnel, the incident was reported to them at around 18:00, but the cause of the fire is still unknown.
Residents confirmed that no one was home at the time of the incident and therefore no injuries were reported however, there is not much left of the property.
This is the second house fire within a week in Mkhondo. Residents are urged to take precautionary measures and practise safety to prevent a fire starting in or around your property.