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Family of seven killed in Wells Estate shack fire buried

AUGUST 22, 2015
Family of seven killed in Wells Estate shack fire buried

Seven members of the Jamani family, who lost their lives in a shack fire last week in Port Elizabeth's Wells Estate township, were laid to rest on Friday after a funeral service at the Wells Estate Community Hall. The service was attended by over 300 residents.

A family spokesman said that they were still reeling from the tragedy.

Nofanele Jamani told the SABC; "This is a very traumatic time for the whole family. Very, very traumatic for us."

Neighbors couldn't save the lives of 63 year-old Nofanele Jamani, her daughter and five grandchildren including a ten-month old baby as their backyard dwelling was engulfed by flames. 

Ironically, the family died in a backyard dwelling while awaiting the completion of their RDP house on the same premises.

The RDP house has since been handed over to the Jamani family.

Speaking at the funeral, Nelson mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Mayor, Bicks Ndoni, said that while like other regions in the country, the Metro was facing housing delivery challenges, they were doing all they can to quickly clear-up the backlogs in the Metro.

A forensic investigation is still ongoing but a paraffin stove that fell over is believed to have started the fire.