Sisters who locked children in shack leading to fatal fire released under correctional supervision

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The Machaka sisters, who face culpable homicide and child negligene charges in connection with the deaths of five children left in their care, have been released under correctional supervision.

The children were burnt beyond recognition during a shack fire at the Itireleng informal settlement near Laudium in Pretoria last month.

It is alleged that Lindiwe and Zanele Machaka locked the children inside the shack and went to a nearby tavern and that while they werre still out, the shack caught light and all the children perished.

Gauteng National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana, say the sisters will be back in court next month.

“As per the Correctional Services report, the conditions were that they were under 24 hours house arrest and that they should not leave the house without informing a Correctional Services officer and that the two should not interfere with the witnesses and should allow correctional services officer to visit their address anytime.”

Meanwhile, the Laudium Community Policing Forum has since called for harsher charges against the two sisters.

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Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Laudium Community Policing Forum (CPF) has called for harsher charges against the two sisters.