Man dies in second blaze at Jika Joe

2014-09-08 00:00

A SECOND fire in just over a week has added to the trail of destruction in the Jika Joe informal settlement, leaving a 32-year-old man dead.

It is suspected that a candle that fell over caused the fire.

It is alleged that Mzwandile Sithole had been out partying on Friday and only came home in the early hours of Saturday morning. He worked at Moosa’s Discount Warehouse on Manchester Road.

According to a paramedic on the scene, his friends took him to his shack. “They left him around 4 am with a candle burning.”

His sister, Smangele Makhaye, said her brother enjoyed drinking with his friend. “My brother was loved by community members,” she said.

Dr Ray Ngcobo, a deputy municipal manager for Msunduzi Municipality, described this latest fire as a catastrophe.

“Last week Friday we had a 189 shacks that burnt down, which left a 450 people with no homes,” he said.

“This time there were about 70 shacks that had burnt down, which meant that already there are more than 100 people who need to be provided for.

“We will have to seal off those temporary housing units that are 80% completed, and we will allocate two families per unit,” he said.

Ngcobo said they were going to deal with “shacklords” who were demanding rent from people who were occupying the municipal tents and claimed to be the ones who were going to place them in the temporary housing units.

Community member Thembinkosi Magagula thanked the fire department for its quick response and the Msunduzi Disaster Management for always responding when they are in crisis.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.