Heartbroken widower, 95, loses wife, home in fire

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When his wife of over 50 years left for the capital city for a routine medical check-up and returned home later that day, neither of them could have known it would be their final moments together. In an emotional visit to Ketlhagafetse Mmolaatshephe, 95, The Monitor Staffer Sharon Mathala sat down with one who displayed precisely the comportment expected of a man at a loss of everything in a single night

KANYE: Ogopoleng Mmolaatshephe, 75, was laid to rest last Wednesday in Kanye, but for Ketlhagafetse Mmolaatshephe, the memories of that fateful evening are as vivid as ever. In an intimate conversation, he shared the heart-wrenching details of his last moments with his wife, still grappling with the surreal reality of her absence.

"The fire was a nightmare," he remembered. "Our middle daughter was the one who pushed us out, saving us from the flames. But as I stand in the ashes of our home, it feels like a terrible dream." "I don’t know what happened to my wife. I was with her outside the house.

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