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Minister Mahlobo visits families of Soshanguve overhead light cluster victims

The children were sitting below an Apollo light when a bulb collapsed, killing them.

Energy Minister David Mahlobo visits Soshanguve where five children died after an overhead light cluster fell on them. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Energy Minister David Mahlobo has arrived in Soshanguve to visit the grieving families of five children who died when a light structure fell on them.

Minister Mahlobo has been greeted by women sitting on blankets, in a dark room, with only a flickering candle.

The City of Tshwane will pay for the funeral.

The children were sitting below an Apollo light cluster when it collapsed, killing them.

Gauteng Human Settlement MEC Paul Mashatile spoke at their memorial service on Thursday.

Hundreds of residents gathered at the Block X community hall in Soshanguve to remember the five children.

Mashatile also had words of condolences to the family.

“Their pain is our pain, their loss in our loss and these are our children too. As the Gauteng government, we are here with them.”

He says there is a need to maintain the existing infrastructure in communities to avoid dilapidation and unused structures.

A mass funeral for the five children will be held in this hall on Saturday morning.

PROBE

An investigation is underway to determine how the lights came loose, but preliminary information shows that thieves stripped the cables causing, the bulbs to fall out.

Police officials are also investigating.

Meanwhile, Limpopo police have appealed to parents to prioritise the safety of their children after three children were killed in a fire in Bela-Bela.

The children, aged eight, 10 and 13, died when their RDP house caught alight.

It's understood they were asleep at the time.

It’s unclear how the fire started. An investigation is underway.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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