When he arrived home from his brick-laying job, he would usually have a bath and sleep. But on Thursday, Andile Guduza couldn’t resist the temptation to visit his girlfriend so that he could hold and kiss his daughter, Thandolwethu.
The next time the 36-year-old father from KZN’s Umlazi D section would see Thandolwethu, was when dogs were making a meal of her – ripping and tearing her dead body into pieces.
Thandolwethu had been burnt to death while her mum, Nondumiso Njapha was badly injured. This happened when a fire, believed to have been caused by a candle, started at their one-roomed shack on Thursday night.
A grieving Andile said that he desperately wanted to see his daughter just to hold and kiss her.
“I decided to go and visit my daughter after work because she and her mum do not live not far from my house. I had a good time with my baby girl. She was smiling all the time. That’s the memory I’m left with,” he said.
Andile got the tragic news at midnight on the same day.
“Two police officers came to my house. They said my girlfriend had been severely burnt and that my child was lost in the rubble. I knew she was dead. My life changed from that moment,” he said.
Andile said they searched the whole night for his daughter.
“I went to my house at 4am but I couldn’t sleep. I decided to take my friends and continue searching. That is when we found the evil dogs feasting on my daughter’s dead body. My daughter died a painful death,” he said.
Andile’s girlfriend Nondumiso is critical in hospital.
A resident, Mthandeni Zuma, said: “I don’t think I will ever eat meat again after what I saw.”
Another resident, Sfiso Mkhize, said it was painful to see a woman cry for her baby like that while in pain.
“She was kneeling near the door with her body badly burnt, screaming her baby’s name. We couldn’t do anything because the flames were huge.
“We watched helplessly as their shack went up in flames with the baby inside,” he said.
Ward councillor Amos Dladla said he was working with the family to see how they could be assisted.
Police Major Thulani Zwane said an inquest docket was being investigated by Umlazi SAPS.
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