KEETMANSHOOP: A 10-year-old boy saved his mother’s life after their dwelling caught fire on Tuesday last week in the Tseiblaagte residential area.
Rebekka Boois and her oldest son, Johan Henry Boois, were inside the shack when it suddenly caught fire.
“I just froze when I saw smoke, and my son (Johan Henry) ran out but I was still stuck frozen inside as the fire intensified.
He returned to push me out of the burning shack, and we get out. I don’t know what caused the fire, because there were no lit candles or matches,” said the distraught single mother of one girl and two boys.
She told Nampa in an interview on Friday in front of their burnt-out shack next to her sister’s house, that the police arrived early but there was no water at the house to fight the fire.
When the fire brigade showed up later, the fire already destroyed all their belongings. However, one day after the incident, donations started to stream in for the family of four. They received N.dollars 1 000 plus food such as boerewors, mince, maize meal, oats, cake flour, potatoes, sugar, milk and eggs valued at about N.dollars 500 from Keetmanshoop-based Tsepo Catering.
The Department of Special Education in the Ministry of Education here also assisted the family with clothes, toiletries and stationary, while the Canyon Hotel donated duvets, bed sheets and pillows.
“I am very grateful for the assistance (donations), but now I still need a place for me and my children to sleep,” said Boois. In the meantime, they moved in with her sister.
Meanwhile, before this reporter took Boois to town where she works, Johan Henry kept asking his mother for money, and when she replied that there is no money, the boy started crying. As the car drove off, Johan Henry chased after the car for a short distance in another attempt to get money from his mother.