Riverplaats mother of three calls on community for help
The unemployed woman said the situation left her feeling discouraged. “I could not believe my eyes when I saw that the house was burning. We tried to extinguish the fire while at the same time trying to call the police and firefighters, but the fire was very fierce,” she said.
People from the village gathered at the homestead, but they could do very little. When the firefighters arrived at the scene, they doused the flames. “Watching all of our belongings burn to ashes was very painful.
Everything we owned was inside the house – the fridge, kitchen units, beds, TV, money, clothes, IDs, food and furniture. I don’t know what to do. Where do we go to? It is not safe for us to sleep in a tent as snakes and rats could get in, and the nights are very cold now,” Ndou cried.
She estimates the damage at approximately R400 000. “I’m asking community members to please assist. We would appreciate any kind of donations – food, clothing, building material, furniture, household utensils, anything. I will be pleased if someone could help me get a better place to stay,” she said.