3 October 2020
KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has learned with sadness of the tragic loss of three lives at the Sibiya household in KwaNongoma, Ward 17, KwaMjiza, in a house fire incident which took place last night.
In the incident, two children together with their grandmother perished from the severe burns they suffered as a result of the fire which engulfed their home. The cause of the fire is unconfirmed at this stage but it is suspected that it could have been caused by a candle.
Hlomuka has sent condolences to the grieving family and he has also dispatched his department's disaster management teams to KwaNongoma who are now on site to provide immediate relief to the family and to investigate the possible causes of the fire.
Hlomuka has likewise urged residents across the province to continue to be cognisant of the dangers posed by candles, especially when these are unattended.