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Father and toddler perish in a suspected suicide shack fire

Father and toddler perish in a suspected suicide shack fire

A man and his three year-old daughter have been killed in a shake fire in the Ramaphosa Informal Settlement in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. The structure was engulfed in the early hours of Thursday.

Father started the fire intentionally

The man is believed to have intentionally started the fire with his three children inside the home – the other two managed escape with minimal injuries.

The children – a boy (aged seven) and girl (aged five) reportedly fled prior to the fire and screamed for help, prompting a neighbour to intervene. The father then locked himself and his child before setting the shack alight.

Firefighters from the City of Ekurhuleni’s emergency services unit rushed to the scene after receiving a phone call about the incident. On arrival, they found the one-roomed shack in flames and neighbours trying to extinguish the fire using buckets of water. The fighter fighters then took action and the blaze was soon doused.

“Frantically, neighbours tried to open the door to save both from the horror of fire, but it was too little too late when the objective was met”, Ntladi said.

Police investigating the incident

The South African Police Services (SAPS) officers received the crime scene from firefighters and started with their investigations and the removal of the bodies to an appropriate Pathological facility.

he children were then transported by ambulance to Bertha Gxowa hospital in Germiston for medical and psychological treatment.  It is alleged that the mother wasn’t home at the time on the incident.

Meanwhile, the summer season sees a spike in informal settlement fires. At least five people have been killed in separate shack fires in Cape Town, on Christmas Day.

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Joburg power transformer destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve

A fire destroyed a City Power transformer at the Cleveland substation on Christmas Eve.

City Power is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed one of its transformers at its Cleveland substation on Christmas Eve.

The fire plunged several suburbs in the east of Johannesburg into darkness, including Kensington, Jeppestown, Malvern, Heriotdale, Denver and Benrose

The blaze was put out early on Christmas morning after which mop up operations began, City Power said.

“We estimate that repairs will only be completed by tomorrow (Thursday), with power expected to be restored by 7pm should everything go according to plan,” the power utility said City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena.

“City Power teams of investigators and technicians are currently assessing the extent of the damage caused to the infrastructure, and what caused the fire.

“This investigation will also look at the cost of repairs and replacement to the damaged equipment, especially the transformer which was almost completely razed to the ground and may need a new replacement,” Mangena added.

A new transformer is estimated to cost between R12m and R16m, he said.

“We appeal to customers for their patience while investigations and repair work is conducted.

“We apologise to the residents for the inconvenience caused by this incident, especially on Christmas Day.”


Bricks dislodge under Johannesburg bridge, on a M1 south off-ramp

Pavement bricks under the M1 South, Booysens off ramp, bridge have dislodged.

Pavement bricks under the M1 South, Booysens off ramp, bridge have dislodged. 
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Motorists are advised to exercise caution on Johannesburg’s M1 south at the Booysens off-ramp, after some pavement bricks became dislodged under the bridge on Christmas Day.

The road remains open.

A technical team was due on site to advise authorities, said the Johannesburg Metro Police Department.

Spokesperson Xolani Fihla said in a statement on Wednesday: “Part of the structure under the M1 south Booysens off-ramp has broken off and it has compromised the safety of the bridge. At the moment the traffic is flowing smoothly and the JMPD officers are on the scene.”

“Johannesburg Roads Agency has been contacted to come and assess the damage and, if necessary, to go ahead to close the section of the bridge.”

Man shoots wife, self on Christmas eve in a mall in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, was shot and killed by her husband who then turned the gun on himself in a murder – suicide reports Vision Tactical.A Johannesburg man allegedly killed a woman before shooting himself at Killarney Mall on Tuesday.

“Police can confirm that a case of murder and suicide has been opened following a shooting incident just after 2pm Tuesday afternoon at Killarney Mall, where it was alleged that a man shot and killed a woman and then turned the gun on himself,” said police spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters.

According to eyewitness accounts, the armed male entered the store and began arguing with the female victim, it’s believed that he then shoved her in to the office at the back of the store together with the other employee, and shot the female victim numerous times.

The armed suspect then turned the gun on himself and subsequently died on scene.

“Further information also suggests that the fatal shooting could be related to domestic violence. Police have recovered the firearm that suspect allegedly used to kill the woman and himself,” added Peters.