IT was an emotional day filled with fond memories.Hundreds of residents, relatives and friends yesterday went to Thusong Community Hall in Alexandra, Joburg, to celebrate the lives of Amukelani (2), Sandile (4), Nhlanhla (7) and Mbali Fihlani (5).The three Ngubeni siblings and their cousin died when their house caught fire on Sunday. Their mums, who had locked them in the house to go drinking, were arrested that day.Some speakers directed their rage at local mothers.Emfundisweni Primary School principal Thembakazi Giyama said she respected gogos for taking care of their grandkids when parents failed to do so.“Young parents don’t take care of their children. “They dump kids with us and don’t take responsibility when they are called by schools.” Ntokozweni Primary School principal Florence Manaka said she was devastated by the incident.“I didn’t do anything this week. All I could think about was how those kids lost their lives. “We might have written deceased in the register, but we will never forget them,” she said.Family member Sisana Godloza said the families were still in the dark.“We still don’t know what happened. God gives and he takes. He wanted us to together today.”Mothers Bongiwe Ngubeni (31) and Nelisiwe Fihlani (28) are facing charges of culpable homicide, child abuse and child neglect. They appeared in the Alexandra Magistrates Court on Tuesday and remained in custody after they were denied bail.
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