Two sets of twins, aged eight and thirteen have been burnt to death in the early hours of Monday 4 July in Hendrina, Mpumalanga.
Police were reportedly called to the scene where a shack was on fire at Marikana Informal Settlement in Hendrina. It is said that there was load shedding in the area and the incident happened shortly when electricity was restored.
TWO SETS OF TWINS KILLED IN SHACK FIRE
According to police, on their arrival, they indeed found that a shack was on fire and as a result the firefighters were also called to extinguish the fire.
Unfortunately two sets of twins (two boys and two girls) were certified dead.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said it is not yet confirmed what might be the cause of the fire but loose cables were visible on the ground, which prompted a suspicion that there may have been an illegal connection of electricity.
“It is further alleged that the 33-year old mother of the deceased, an undocumented Mozambican national left them three days ago in the care of their 17 year old brother.
“When the fire broke out, the brother tried to save the lives of his siblings but couldn’t as the fire was already at an advanced stage. The mother and the 17 year old boy have been taken to hospital in Middelburg as they are in a state of shock.”Brigadier Slevy Mohlala
Mohlala further said police have registered an inquest and the investigation is ongoing.
POOR VISIBILITY MAY BE BEHIND VEHICLE PILE UP
In a separate incident, a horrific accident on the N12 near Witbank in Mpumalanga claimed four lives. The four people who were in a sedan were reportedly burnt beyond recognition in a vehicle pile-up.
The Department of Community Safety in Mpumalanga said it was suspected that the accident was caused by dense fog. The fog reportedly covered the N12 highway. Read full story here.