House of death demolished

Sowetan joined the Ndlovu’s on Friday as their fire guttered family home in Orlando West, Soweto was demolished. Phindile Ndlovu, 27, her seven-year-old daughter Fikile and four-year-old cousin Paballo, all died tragically in the blaze that was caused by a gas heater explosion on August 4.

Demolition of the structure took approximately one and a half hours. As Sowetan left the scene bricks and rubble were being loaded onto a truck for removal so that the demolition team could tackle the foundations.

4Before demolition at 8am this morning
Seven family members survived the flames which engulfed their house situated right next door to Nelson Mandela’s old Soweto home which is now a museum.

Once the house has been rebuilt, Roseline Ndlovu will be sharing the three bedroom (previously one bedroom) home with her brother Mpho Hlope, Gogo Charlotte Ndlovu, Sibongile (who lost her daughter Paballalo in the fire) and Thandi Songolo. Phindile’s (died in the fire) children Sipho and baby Nthabaleng will also return to the house.

At the time of the funeral a total of R300 000 had been raised to help the destitute family.

Businessman Mqondisi Gumede has pledged to demolish the old house and build a new one with three bedrooms.

PHOTOS: See what their new house will look like
Demolition action at 9.20am this morning

by Sowetan Online

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