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Mother and daughter perish in fire: Motherwell

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape


GQEBERHA - Police have opened an inquest docket following the deaths of a mother and daughter who perished in a shack fire early this morning, 13 August 2023 in NU12, Motherwell.

It is alleged that at about 00:01, in Nkonjane Street, NU12, Motherwell, witnesses claimed that two children aged 15 and 18-years-old were sleeping in the flat at the back of the main house. A candle was used inside the flat and just after midnight the mother who was not in the flat at the time, noticed the flat was on fire.  She ran inside and manage to rescue her 18-year-old daughter, however as she went back to rescue the 15-year-old daughter Lelihle Ndabayini, the mother  Nosicelo Ndabayini (37) was engulfed by the fire and died in the blaze with her daughter.

At this stage it is suspected that the candle was the cause of the fire. 

No foul play is suspected and investigations are continuing.


Capt Sandra Janse Van Rensburg
082 779 7173