Eastern Cape Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane has expressed his deepest sympathy to the family of Reverend Mphithi who died tragically last night, together with his wife and children.
Reverend Mphithi and his family tragically died in a fire that gutted their home, the Mission House of the Methodist Church at Askeaton locality in Cala; on the night of the 3rd November 2022.
The deceased are, Reverend Mandisi Mpthiti (46), his wife Dunyiswa Mphiti (29), and their three children Khololwetu (5); Zimi (3) and Yololwetu (11 months).
“We are saddened by this tragic news and send our heartfelt condolences to the Mphithi family and friends. It is a tragic loss not only for the family but the Methodist Church and the entire Cala community who have been receiving pastoral care and support from the reverend. We extend our condolences to them as well”, said Mabuyane.
“He has been an exemplary man of the cloth and with support from his wife and family, he played an important role in the lives of the young and old in his community”, the Premier added.
According the to the South African Police Services, the fire fighters who were also at the scene managed to extinguish the blaze but the family could not be saved as they had already died inside the house. Only one person believed to be a domestic worker, Nthabiseng Matsieng aged 28 was rescued. She was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical care.
Eastern Cape SAPS is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and have called on anyone with information regarding the cause of the fire, to please make contact with Cala Police Station or call the crime stop number 08600 101.
ISSUED BY: PROVINCIAL COMMUNICATION SERVICE – EASTERN CAPE