Burns twin gives up fight and dies

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE SER­RAO, CLARISSA RAL­STON and SAMEER NAIK

ONE OF the 14-month-old twins who were burnt in a fire in Blair­gowrie, Joburg, last Fri­day has died.

The lit­tle girl, who had suf­fered 70 per­cent burns to her body, gave up her fight on Thurs­day, said Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Health spokes­woman Nok­wanda Dam­buza.

Her twin brother is in a sta­ble con­di­tion, but is crit­i­cal. He sus­tained 60 per­cent burns to his body.

None of their fam­ily has been to see them be­cause they were from Zim­babwe.

The woman who was with them, known only as Mercy, died at the week­end. Their fa­ther, known as Thabo, is crit­i­cal but in a sta­ble con­di­tion at Char­lotte Max­eke Hospi­tal. He is se­dated.

The four were burnt when they were doused with petrol and set alight in a house. It is still widely be­lieved to have been sparked by a love tri­an­gle

Yes­ter­day, con­cerned mem­bers of the com­mu­nity got to to­gether to set up a trust fund to help the lit­tle boy with any med­i­cal and ther­a­peu­tic treat­ment he might need.

Mean­while, Lin­den po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether any­one called them about the in­ci­dent, af­ter a mas­sive out­cry about the fact they only re­sponded to the crime two hours af­ter paramedics, se­cu­rity and me­dia had ar­rived.

Jadd Hard­ing, the chair­man of the Lin­den Com­mu­nity Po­lice Fo­rum, said po­lice had not been no­ti­fied of the in­ci­dent un­til af­ter 4pm on Fri­day, af­ter which they pro­ceeded to the scene im­me­di­ately.

Roy Rawl­ins, the manag­ing di­rec­tor of se­cu­rity com­pany ADT, which was first on the scene, said of­fi­cers had treated the in­ci­dent as a med­i­cal and fire emer­gency, and as a re­sult con­tacted Net­care 911 paramedics and the Fire Depart­ment be­fore the po­lice.

An ac­count has been opened to raise money for the baby. The de­tails are:

An­ton Smith At­tor­ney’s trust FNB ac­count 62068800567 Branch: Broad­acres Code: 204809 Ref­er­ence: Baby Blair Trust Fund

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