Two sets of twins, aged eight and 13, were burnt to death in the early hours of today in Hendrina.
According to the police, they were called to the scene where a shack was on fire at Marikana Informal Settlement. On police arrival, they called firefighters to extinguish the fire. The two sets of twins (two boys and two girls) were certified dead.
“It is not yet confirmed what caused the fire, but cables were exposed on the ground. This prompted a suspicion that there may have been an illegal connection of electricity,” read the police statement. 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.
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When the fire broke out, the bother tried to save the lives of his siblings, but fire had engulfed the shack. They took the mother and the brother to hospital in Middelburg, as they are in a state of shock. The Police have registered an inquest, and the investigation is ongoing.