Light­ning vic­tims laid to rest

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

FOUR mem­bers of the Mn­gomezulu fam­ily, who were struck dead by light­ning in Md­ede­fana Re­serve at Ing­wavuma re­cently, were laid to rest last Thurs­day.

The de­ceased in­cluded eight-month preg­nant, Nelisiwe Ma­then­jwa (36), Grade 1 learner Sicelux­olo Mn­gomezulu (10), Grade R learner Asim­bonge Mn­gomezulu (3), and Grade 3 learner Owethu Mn­gomezulu (12).

They died in their one-room house when it caught fire after light­ning struck.

A neigh­bour, who is also re­lated to the Mn­gomezulu fam­ily, Zodwa Sime­lane said the fu­neral was sad and tear­ful and went smoothly.

‘On Wed­nes­day we had the memo­rial ser­vice of Sicelux­olo and Owethu at Mce­leni Pri­mary School where the two were school­ing,’ said Sime­lane.

The fifth vic­tim, who was rushed to the hos­pi­tal after the in­ci­dent, Si­bongile Mn­gomezulu (15) said they lost ev­ery­thing in the fire.

‘I am only left with my fa­ther and we don’t have any clothes to wear,’ she said.

Si­bongile did not want to speak too much about what hap­pened on Wed­nes­day night ex­cept that she saw a light­ning flash com­ing through the win­dow and then the home caught fire.

Jozini Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesman, Nhlosenhle Ndlovu said they have in­stalled light­ning con­duc­tors in the area to en­sure that this kind of in­ci­dent does not oc­cur in fu­ture.

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