The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) Eastern Cape Provincial Task Team (PTT) has learnt with great shock and sadness of the tragic passing of the members of the Mphithi family. On the morning of 4 November 2022, we woke up to the devastating news of the passing of Reverend Mandisi Mphithi, his wife, Dunyiswa Mphithi and their three children.

Reverend Mphithi, his wife and children, namely Khololwethu, Zimi and Yololwethu died tragically in a fire that burnt down their home, the Manse of the Methodist Church at Askeaton in Cala in the Chris Hani Region on the night of 3 November 2022.

The ANCWL PTT sends sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Mphithi Family, the Methodist Church, their loved ones, and the communities they served. We wish them strength to go through this difficult period. May they find solace in knowing that we share their sorrow.

The ANCWL PTT is saddened by this tragic incident which took lives of the Mphithi Family, as it is not a loss to only their families and the Methodist Church but to the communities they have served. Rev Mphithi and his wife were exemplary people of the cloth who put service to the people and spread the word of God before anything.

The South African Police Services and the Firefighters reported that one person believed to be a domestic worker was rescued and is now receiving medical attention in the nearby hospital. We wish the survivor a speedy recovery and further call on the Department of Social Development to give her the necessary psycho-social support and any other form of support that will be required.

We wish to call on the people of the Eastern Cape and the religious fraternity to support the family during this period. It is through our collective practical support that they will feel that their sorrow is shared by many.

Once again, we wish the Mphithi family, Methodist Church and the people at large peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow.

May their souls rest in eternal peace.

Issued by the ANCWL Eastern Cape PTT.


Siphokazi Lusithi

ANCWL Provincial Coordinator

Mobile: 0762148116

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