Trauma counselling has been offered to relatives of the deceased and staff members of the Lakehaven/Zamani Child and Youthcare Centre in Durban after a fire claimed the lives of eight people, including seven children, early on Thursday.
Executive director of the centre Shehnaaz Gabru issued her first statement since the tragic fire that claimed the lives of eight people this morning, Northglen News reported.
“It is a highly emotional time for our staff and the children at our home. All the children and the parents of the deceased are currently undergoing trauma counselling with our social workers as well. We appreciate all the support and condolences received,” said Gabru.
“We trust our partners, the community and related supporters of our organisation keep us in their thoughts through this tragically trying time. We would also like to offer our appreciation to those who have contacted us and offered their support,” Gabru said.
Below is a video of the Forensic Pathology Services leaving the premises with the bodies of the children:
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane has confirmed that an inquest docket has been opened for further investigation.
The city of eThekwini has offered assistance to the orphanage.
This after a Durban North resident stepped in to assist the orphanage.
DA KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson on social development and member of parliament, Rishigen Viranna, said the party was deeply saddened by the deaths.
The Lakehaven centre, which has been in existence since 1958, is a project of Child Welfare Durban and District.
It caters to the needs of 60 children who are abused, neglected and abandoned between the ages of 6 years to 18 years. All the children placed at the centre through a court order.
– Caxton News Service