‘Mama, mama!’ Anguish as family dies in fire

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‘Mama, mama!’ Anguish as family dies in fire

Five people, including two small children and a baby, killed as fire rages through Meyerton home

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Penny Mvundla dropped her half-loaf of bread on the stoep of her burning home and desperately screamed out: “Mama, mama!”

But her calls were in vain. Her parents, Sibongile and Thomas Strauss, her two children and her brother would die in the blaze.

The couple had been watching television in the lounge with their six-month-old grandson when the fire broke out. Two other children, aged four and five, had been in separate bedrooms, where they inhaled smoke. Unable to open the locked doors of the house, they would take their last breaths inside...

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