The Njokweni family in Mboza, KwaZulu-Natal, has been dealt a double blow following the collapse of the wall of the house, which claimed gogo Agrennet Gumede (80).
Heavy rains, fanned by strong winds, caused the collapse.
Speaking to Matubaland FM news, gogo Gumede’s grandson Xolani Dlamini says the 80-year-old passed away in hospital after the incident.
He says gogo’s son, who had been sick for a while, also lost his battle with life on the same day his mother passed on.
Gogo Gumede was sitting with her daughter Perret Njokweni (58) when the wall of the house collapsed on them.
Njokweni is in a critical condition at Ngwelezane Hospital.
“While my aunt managed to escape – gogo couldn’t. Neighbours came out to assist the family and we called an ambulance which came and took them to hospital,” says Dlamini.
Ward 13 councillor, where the incident occurred, John Gwala has warned the community to be careful when it rains.
He says no other incidents have been reported in the area, other than the Njokweni tragedy.