Four children and two young adults from the same family were killed in a fire that broke out in their shack in Deelpan outside Rustenburg while they were sleeping.
Provincial government spokesperson Brian Setswambung said the incident happened on Sunday morning.
“The Mogale family in Deelpan lost six… members as a result of fire that burned down their four-roomed shack,” said Setswambung on Monday.
“Five other family members survived and two of them were admitted at Gelukspan Hospital, while three survived uninjured. Police are investigating what happened.” Ward councillor Moreetsi Ntjapodi confirmed that those that died were two young adults and four children.
Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone cautioned families to be careful with fire.
“Our advice to communities is that they must always be cautious when they use fire, especially during the night,” said Mokgwabone.
Premier Supra Mahumapelo has sent condolences to the Mogale family.
“Our thoughts are with the Mogale family during this difficult time. May they be comforted as they come to terms with this tragic loss,” said Mahumapelo.
The premier confirmed that the provincial disaster management teams had visited the scene to make an assessment in order to intervene as the fire has completely destroyed the shack and its contents.