ENOCH Mgijima executive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza Nkwentsha suffered a double whammy over the weekend when her second Tarkastad house, which she had planned to convert into a hostel, caught fire, destroying everything inside. Another was razed by fire last month.
The Rep reported (“Inquiry into mayor’s house fire,” September 9) that a newly-built family home was gutted while Gunuza Nkwentsha and her husband and children were inside. They escaped without injury.
Speaking to The Rep from Johannesburg where she is on council business, Gunuza Nkwentsha said she was not in Tarkastad when the second house caught alight. She had owned the house for four years and the person living there was not present when the fire started. “I must thank my neighbours for helping to extinguish the fire.”
Gunuza Nkwentsha said she had not heard from the police about how far they were with their arson investigation for the first house.
Karoo police spokeswoman Lieutenant- Colonel Susan Jooste referred queries to Tarkastad station commander, a Captain Mpame, whose first name she did not know.
Mpame refused to give his first name, saying he first wanted to get information. Jooste promised to get back to The Rep when asked for a progress update on the probe into the first fire. Neither had done so at the time of writing.
Enoch Mgijima council speaker Mzoxolo Peter said this week council was waiting for police due processes to unravel.