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Four family members sadly perish in devastating fire

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - A 48-year-old mother and her three boys aged 15, 09 and 05 died as the fire rages through their shack in Embalenhle extension 18 on Friday, 12 May 2023 at about 20h00. Police attended to the call and firefighters managed to put out the fire blazes.

From the crowd, somebody approached police and informed them that he is the owner of the house and he had just arrived from work when he was greeted with the ordeal. He managed to furnished police with the names of the victims’ even though he had no idea of what might have transpired. Thus far the preliminary investigation revealed that the family used a petrol generator to keep the lights on.

The investigation is ongoing but currently the cause of fire is unknown and four counts if inquest is being investigated.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela is disheartened by the incident and the General has used the opportunity to call on families to use sources of energy cautiously more especially with cold weather conditions as well as the energy crisis that the country is faced with. According to the General, families should also make use of social services whenever they undergo life's challenges.



Colonel Donald Mdhluli

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