A Bloekombos family is appealing for assistance to give their daughter a dignified burial following her unexpected and tragic death over the weekend. Picture: Nomalanga Tshuma.
A Bloekombos family is appealing for assistance to give their daughter a dignified burial following her unexpected and tragic death over the weekend. Picture: Nomalanga Tshuma.

Family need assistance for daughter’s funeral after she died in a backroom fire

By Nomalanga Tshuma Time of article published Sep 22, 2021

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Cape Town - A Bloekombos family has appealed for assistance to give their daughter a dignified burial following her unexpected and tragic death over the weekend.

Nokhuthula Siwane, 24, and her boyfriend died in the early hours of Sunday when their backroom shack caught alight.

Siwane’s family believe a candle might have caused the fire, but police are still investigating.

Police spokesperson Wesley Twigg said: “Kraaifontein police have opened an inquest case docket for investigation following the death of a 24-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man, whose bodies were discovered after a fire broke out, in Njenjeze street Bloekombos on Sunday.”

The Siwane family spokesperson Siphiwo Saki said they struggled to come to terms with her death.

Siwane, a young mother, moved to Cape Town a few months ago to find work and build a better life for herself and her eight-year-old son.

“Everything happened so fast. It was at about 4 am when people woke up due to a disturbance we can’t even describe. But by that time, it was already too late, the flames were burning so strong, and they were high.

“We did our best to quickly put the fire out, but by then, the two were no more. They found her body by the door as if she was trying to get out,” said Saki.

The Siwane family appealed for financial assistance to help them bury their daughter.

“We don’t even know where to start at the moment, and we are appealing to anyone who can assist us to please help us. Our wish is to go bury her back home in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, and every little bit will count,” said Saki.

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