SHACK BLAZE CASUALTIES LAID TO REST

Posted: 01/10/2015 in News
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DEATH BE NOT PROUD: Coffins of Lillian, 17, Busisiwe, 8, Tshepo, 7, Nkululeko, 6 and Mduduzi, 4 who died when the shack they were sleeping in was engulfed in flames were laid to rest at Lenasia cemetery over the weekend.

DEATH BE NOT PROUD: Coffins of Lillian, 17, Busisiwe, 8, Tshepo, 7, Nkululeko, 6 and Mduduzi, 4 who died when the shack they were sleeping in was engulfed in flames were laid to rest at Lenasia cemetery over the weekend.

Reports are coming through that Police were able to call the fire engines and two trucks tried to dose off the fire but could not suc¬ceed therefore Gauteng Public Safety office is investigating allegations that fire station did not respond on time.
These are the words of Gauteng Social De¬velopment, MEC Faith Mazibuko as she came to offer condolences to Magagula family in Orange Farm, extension 6.

Lillian, 17, Busisiwe, 8, Tshepo, 7, Nku¬luleko, 6 and Mduduzi, 4 – who died when the shack they were sleeping in was engulfed in flames were laid to rest at Lenasia cemetery over the weekend.

Two other Magagula boys, Siphiwe, 14, and Gift 10, managed to escape from the fire and woke their grandfather Simon Maponya in the main house.

The incident which is the fourth in the area within a period of a month has not only sent shockwaves but raised eyebrows and doubts on the response time the fire-fighter team take to arrive at the scene when called.

“As government we have been assisting the family where it’s necessary together with the community we yearn to see them comforted.

There are still minor challenges though; as it stands we’re still in negotiations with Eskom to reconnect electricity at this home because that’s where the fault emerged.

We want to emphasise that disaster manage¬ment must be able to play their part and do their work.

The municipality is even promising to im¬prove on the services that they’re providing to the communities so that they don’t feel ne¬glected yet we’ve got all the facilities in the area,” Mazibuko added.

The departed siblings leave behind their granny, granddad, 3 aunts, uncle and their brothers and sisters.

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