Africa: Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr Eugene Johnson has assured the grieving family of three children who died in a shack fire in New Brighton of the City’s commitment to support and comfort the family as they grieve for their loved ones.
Mayor Johnson made the commitment during a visit to the family on Saturday, 10 September 2022, where she led a delegation of stakeholders, including COSAFA leadership, to hand over donations to the family.
During the visit, the Mayor was joined by COSAFA Vice President Said Ali Athouman and Secretary General Sue Destombes
They also visited the site where Thulani (5), Likuwe (3) and Lanele (11 months) succumbed to their injuries and passed away.
“We would like to reassure you that we are here for you during this difficult time. Our aim is to support you during your time of grief and pain. The leadership of COSAFA wanted to show support as they recognise the pain you are experiencing.
As a stakeholder, they are members of our community. My office, including the ward councillor’s office, is open to offering support where possible as you prepare to say goodbye to your loved ones whilst working hard to rebuild after this tragedy.”
“It is God who gives, and it is God who takes away. May you find comfort in that we recognise and relate to your pain, know that God is still faithful and will comfort your loved ones,” Mayor Johnson said.
A teary Sue Destombes said: “We are now a part of this community as we have been hosting the Women’s Tournament in this City for five years.
There are no words to describe the pain you must be feeling, but we are here to share your pain.
We wish you strength during this time, and we hope to see you again soon.”
The family thanked the City and COSAFA for the donation. Funeral arrangements are underway.