Boozing mum locks kids in shack, laughs as it burns

Boozing mum locks kids in shack, laughs as it burns
Published: 2015 May 07 07:32:50 (13451 Views)
A 29-year-old woman from Kekana Gardens near Hammanskraal, north of Tshwane, has been arrested after she left her kids locked in a shack and went to booze at a local tavern.

She allegedly told the children, aged five and nine, she was going to buy milk and neighbour, Johanna Mmamabolo said: "We were asleep when I suddenly heard something exploding outside. I peeped through a window and saw her shack was on fire."

Johanna immediately ran outside, screaming for help.

"We knew there were kids in the shack and neighbours came with buckets of water and sand to try and extinguish the fire.

"Brave people helped to get the two kids out of the blaze. Once the kids were rescued, another neighbour phoned her but at first she thought it was a joke!



"She wouldn't take it seriously until a third, different person called her. She arrived at the scene with her friends a few minutes later at about 3am.

"Neighbours were still trying to douse the fire, but the flames ate the entire shack."

Sergeant Mmakgotso Mphenyeke of Hammanskraal police said a 29-year-old woman was arrested and charged with arson and child negligence.

"The injured kids were rushed to Jubilee Hospital for medical treatment.

"The cause of the fire is still unknown but police are investigating.

"The woman will appear in the Moretele Magistrates Court soon."



Source - Dailysun

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