Burns twin gives up fight and dies
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