City helps family after tragedy
MMC for community development Nonhlanhla Sifumba has offered the City of Joburg’s condolences and help to the parents of three children killed in a shack fire in Snake Park, Soweto, on Wednesday morning.
Neighbours and friends were left shocked over the loss of the three children, aged between 11 months and five years, who burnt to death after a fire broke out in the shack between 1am and 2am on Wednesday. The shack next door was also gutted, with both the Mokwena family and their neighbour losing everything.
On Friday, Sifumba, together with Gauteng MEC for Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, visited the family at a relative’s home in Bramfischerville.
Sifumba said the City of Joburg was prepared to help the bereaved family in any way possible.
“It’s a tragic situation, and as the city we’re ready to offer any support that the family require from us. We have offered emotional and psychological support,” she said.
Sifumba added that the city would assist the family with anything they may need to make the burial process simpler.
The Gauteng Department for Social Development donated groceries, clothes, blankets and R3 000 towards the children’s funeral.
The department also plans to help with tin for neighbouring shacks that were damaged.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, and the family asked people to stop speculating in this regard.
The funeral will be held on Thursday in Bramfischerville.