City helps fam­ily af­ter tragedy

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ILANIT CH­ER­NICK @Lanc_02

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.

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