Four struck dead

Zululand Observer - Monday - - FRONT PAGE - Muzi Zin­c­ume

FIVE mem­bers of the same fam­ily, in­clud­ing an eight­months preg­nant wo­man, were struck by light­ning on Wed­nes­day night, leav­ing four dead.

The disas­ter has dev­as­tated the Mn­gomezulu fam­ily from the Mde­fana com­mu­nity in Ing­wavuma.

Neigh­bour, Zodwa Sime­lane said she ran to the Mn­gomezulu res­i­dence af­ter re­ceiv­ing news from her son, that the home was on fire.

‘When I got there, I dis­cov­ered that the house was cov­ered by flames. I saw one of them strug­gling to get out of the door and I man­aged to pull her out,’ said Zodwa.

She also tried to save the other four peo­ple who were still trapped in the house, not know­ing they were al­ready dead.

‘With tears all over my face, I en­tered the room and man­aged to pull out Nelisiwe and Sicelux­olo, but both were al­ready dead,’she said.

She added that her ef­forts to reach the body of three-year-old, Asim­bonge was in vain as the flames were too strong for her.

‘ I saw Asi­bonge’s tiny body burn­ing on a mat­tress. It was too much to watch,’ said Zodwa.

A highly dis­traught David Mgomezulu said he had failed his fam­ily as a fa­ther.

‘I still hear their voices calling for my help. I can’t even sleep, be­cause my heart is still bleed­ing and I lost ev­ery­thing,’ he said.

uMkhanyakude District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesman, Mdu Dlamini said they were work­ing with Jozini Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to pro­vide as­sis­tance to the Mn­gomezulu fam­ily, in­clud­ing help­ing with fu­neral ex­penses.

‘We are go­ing to put up a light­ning con­duc­tor in that area to en­sure that such an in­ci­dent doesn’t oc­cur in the fu­ture.

‘We are ar­rang­ing a coun­selling ses­sion for the re­main­ing fam­ily mem­bers.’

I still hear their voices calling for my help

Stock Im­age: Jorge Coromina

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