Fire kills one, leaves many homeless

2016-07-07 06:00
Ten shacks were destroyed by fire, in Masincedane informal settlement, in KTC, Gugulethu, on Monday morning. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Ten shacks were destroyed by fire, in Masincedane informal settlement, in KTC, Gugulethu, on Monday morning. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A man burnt to death and other over 40 other residents were left homeless after fire destroyed 10 shacks in Masincedane informal settlement, in KTC, Gugulethu, on early hours of Monday.

Zuko Bakaqane, 35, was killed after his shack caught fire when he was asleep after 2am.

Proportional Representation (PR) Councillor Bulelwa Madikane, of Subcouncil 8, said the cause of fire was the electricity box which burst into flames.

“It is very bad for the family, because he was a sole bread winner. They all depended on him. We will ensure that the family gets help that they need. Others that are affected are also going to be given material for building and other help that they need,” Madikane said.

Nomasomi Bakaqane, 55, mother of the deceased said it was hard for her to accept that his son died in the flames.

“I am not feeling right at all. I cried hysterically after I was told that he died inside his shack. He was on the waiting list of getting a house,” Bakaqane said.

Zuko was heard screaming for help, but residents could not rescue him as the burglar bars for his shack could not be opened.

Chuma Celani, 38, is one of other residents who lost everything they had in the flames.

Celani is the mother of twins aged four and she cannot walk on her own following a sickness she suffered in 2007.

“I lost everything I had in the flames including my ID. I wish to get a decent house,” Celani said.

Theodore Layn, Media Liaison Officer for the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Department, said his department quickly responded after they were called in the scene.

He said there were no other injuries reported.

Andile Williams, chairperson for street committee in the area appealed to anyone who could give a helping hand to assist the affected families as they lost everything they had.

A number of shacks were destroyed when the fire started in the area few months ago.

The deceased left behind his two brothers and one sister.

He worked as a security for Bidvest Security. Funeral arrangements were not finalised yet.

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