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Hero mom's legacy to live on

By Corrinne Louw | Mar 17, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

the son of an orphanage owner who perished in a fire with her foster children and grandchildren at Ingogo near Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, wants his mother's legacy to live on.

Though the forensic investigation into what caused the fire has not been revealed, Andrew Pienaar said yesterday he believed there was evidence pointing to arson.

The fire ripped through Hope in Christ Orphanage and killed Sarah Holland and 10 others last month.

"Arson is suspected but it cannot be pinpointed," Pienaar said.

"We suspect that the fire might also have started on the couch."

He said his family was now trying to map a way forward after the devastating fire.

The fire and its effect made headlines last month, with KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize suggesting that the gutted orphanage be rebuilt as a monument to human kindness.

Pienaar said while they were grateful for the support from the provincial government, they would not support a "total takeover by government".

Provincial department of social development spokesperson Mandla Ngema said details from the forensic investigation had not been revealed.

"We are mobilising in order to get ready for the rebuilding of the centre," Ngema said.


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