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Ngqamakhwe police investigating deaths of two elderly men in shack fire

Dec 4, 2019
Ngqamakhwe police investigating deaths of two elderly men in shack fire

Ngqamakhwe - Police in Ngqamakhwe have opened an inquest docket following the deaths of two elderly men, aged 72 and 83 respectively.

"It is alleged that both men were sleeping in the grass thatched rondavel hut on the night of Tuesday at Lalini Locality, Hebehebe Village, Ngqamakhwe," described police spokeserson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"On Wednesday, at about 04h00, in the morning, a woman, who was cooking for initiates ,woke up and saw the hut in flames.

"She alerted community and the family members."

Capt Manatha said that fire fighters and Ngqamakhwe police were also informed.

"Unfortunately, when they arrived, the hut was already burnt. Both men died inside the hut."

He added that the cause of fire is not known at this stage, but under investigation by the Ngqamakhwe Police.

"The identities of both deceased will be withheld until all their relatives are officially informed of their deaths."

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