Gauteng should tackle shack fires: DA

By Drum Digital
16 April 2013

The Gauteng government should do more to prevent shack fires in informal settlements, the DA said on Tuesday.

"There should be spaces between shacks so that fires don't spread, and fire exercises so that people know how best to put out fires," said Democratic Alliance Gauteng leader Jack Bloom.

Four children were killed in a shack fire in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

The boys, aged three to 13, were sleeping in the four-roomed shack when it caught fire.

It was suspected that a candle and paraffin stove, which were kept burning in the shack through the night, caused the fire.

Bloom said the provincial government should promote the use of solar lights and safer stoves, and should educate communities about fire prevention.

"Every year, about a thousand shacks burn down in Gauteng, mostly due to candles and paraffin stoves," he said.


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