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Inquest launched after five people die in fire at a Dutywa family cafe

Aug 5, 2019
Inquest launched after five people die in fire at a Dutywa family cafe

Dutywa - Eastern Cape Police provincial commissioner, Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga, learnt with shock the death of about five people, who were burnt beyond recognition over the weekend.

"It is alleged that the five people were sleeping inside a family café at Mputhi Village, Dutywa," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"It is believed that the fire occurred on Saturday, at about 4am. Four of the deceased are family members - namely an 18-year-old woman, 14-year-old boy, seven-year-old boy, and a three-year-old girl.

"There was also an 18-year-old woman, who was a family friend."

Capt Manatha said that the cause of the fire has not yet been established at this point in time.

"The provincial commissioner has sent her condolences to both families, who lost their beloved children. She has instructed Dutywa Police to properly investigate the case and leave no stone unturned."

General Ntshinga has also noted with concern the number of incidents where family members die in numbers at their homes in fires.

"An inquest docket has been opened for further investigation by the Dutywa Police detectives," Capt Manatha said.

"The identities of all the deceased people are still being withheld until all their family members are officially informed of their deaths."

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