Fierce fire destroys Mzingazi home
A Mzingazi family has been left destitute after a fire gutted their home on Monday morning.
The family of eight, including a 7-month-old baby, has been left with nothing but the clothes they were wearing when the blaze tore through their house.
Lethiwe Mfeka and her sisters, Nokuthula and Nomusa Ndlela, who are the matriarchs of the family, said they are all still grappling with the loss.
‘I was in the house when the fire started and I still don’t have the words to explain how quickly this all happened.
‘I was sitting in the lounge eating porridge and had been planning to take a bath afterwards. My son ran into the lounge saying there was fire in the bedroom.
‘Then I started seeing smoke coming out of the bedroom and into the passage.
‘We tried to put the fire out but it was spreading so quickly, we had no time to save anything - we just had to get out,’ said a visibly emotional Mfeka.
Mfeka (65) said all they could salvage before the blaze destroyed the structure, was her late brother’s car which was parked in the garage.
‘They managed to push it out before the fire got to the garage.
‘But everything else that we all own including our identity documents, the children’s birth certificates, pension card, furniture and food is gone.
‘We are just grateful that no one was injured,’ she said.
The family has now been forced to move into a dilapidated structure on the premises which had been turned into a chicken coop.
‘We moved to Mzingazi from Estcourt in 1964 and we built a small two bedroom house and we lived there for some time.
‘I work as a cleaner and when the first contract for the company I worked for ended, the payout I received was put into building a new house, and the old house we turned into a chicken coop.
‘All we had was in this home, and watching it go up in flames is hard. We now have to start from the beginning,’ Nokuthula said.
Neighbours have pulled together to help them with food after the fire and uMfolozi Disaster Management has assisted with mattresses and blankets.
The ZO’s charity arm DICE (Do I Care Enough?) has donated food and clothing.
Lethiwe Mfeka, Nomusa Ndlela and Nokuthula Ndlela stand in the ruins of their home