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By unknown | Mar 16, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Elijar Mushiana

Elijar Mushiana

On February 27 Sowetan published a report about the plight of four children who lost their school uniforms and all their belongings in a fire at their home.

On Wednesday the South African Police Service's Women's Network team in Limpopo visited the family and gave them a double bed, blankets, school uniforms, shoes, groceries and R2000 in cash.

Police deputy provincial commissioner Celiwe Binta said: "We were touched by the plight of the children so we decided to help."

The fire started when, Thabelo, 13, Orifha and Takalani Gabara, both 10, were making tea on a paraffin stove after school. It was windy where they live in Schielfarm-Vuwani outside Thohoyandou. The flames from the stove started a fire. The children tried to extinguish the blaze, but their house was completely destroyed.

Rudzani, 18, their eldest sister was at school. She lost some of her textbooks and all her clothes and blankets she had left at home. Her school uniform was saved because she was wearing it at the time.

Their mother, Violet Gabara, a domestic worker, was at work at the time of the fire.

Binta said that the network often helped people in need, especially victims of rape, disasters and attacks in Limpopo.

Last year they donated beds, groceries, school uniforms and shoes to seven children whose mother was killed when she was attacked at Mutale, Thohoyandou.


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