Woman, 63, dies in Nomzamo shack fire

The Rep - - ROUND & ABOUT - By Tem­bile Sgqolana

A 63-YEAR-old Nomzamo in­for­mal set­tle­ment woman burnt to death in her shack on Tues­day night.

Vic­to­ria Hlang­wini is be­lieved to have died in her bed.

Hlang­wini’s neigh­bours, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, said they heard Hlang­wini cry­ing out but they were un­able to reach her.

Her daugh­ter, Nox­olo Qaba, said her mother was not well and could not walk.

“I made a fire for her and gave her some­thing to eat and as I was leav­ing I put out the fire and left her in bed. At about 9pm I was wo­ken up by peo­ple say­ing that my mother was in trou­ble.”

Ward com­mit­tee mem­ber Buzani Gcin­isa said this would have not hap­pened if Hlang­wini was on the list of hous­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“The woman was 63-years-old and did not get an old age grant. She did not have a house, while young peo­ple and fam­i­lies of the few peo­ple who are in power all have RDP houses,” he said.

Gcin­isa said there were more old peo­ple like Hlang­wini who de­served to be on the list.

“I ask Lukhanji ex­ec­u­tive mayor Nozi Makanda to speed up the process and in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue of houses in Nomzamo,” he said.

Po­lice spokesman war­rant of­fi­cer Namhla Mdle­leni said she was in a meet­ing. No re­sponse had been re­ceived at the time of go­ing to press.

Lukhanji has in­structed a hous­ing com­mis­sion to look into com­plaints.


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