300 homeless after Cape Town fires

2012-11-24 17:05

Johannesburg - At least 300 people have been left homeless after their shacks caught fire in areas across the Western Cape on Saturday, the City's disaster risk management centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said fires at Seawinds, Athlone and Langa and Phillipi destroyed shacks and interrupted power supply on Saturday morning.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fires was not immediately known, but authorities were investigating, said Solomons-Johannes.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-11-24 17:53

    DA is failing our fellow black brothers in the Western Cape.....

      Citroes - 2012-11-24 18:15

      Why? Did someone from the DA knock over a candle in one of the shacks? Think before you write something you moron.

      flyswat - 2012-11-24 18:38

      Oh, grow a brain. Oh, wait... yes, you can't grow something from thin air. That's right. Sorry. As you were...

      bayanda.mfene - 2012-11-25 09:34

      yeah sure mbuso, shift the blame! this is pathetic! black people should start taking responsibility for their own actions. it was not the DA that caused the fire but its them that have to do damage control.. im pretty sure if WC was governed by ANC and the same incident happend your judgment and reponse would have been different.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-25 12:14

      Mbuso.Siera. Failing your black brothers?. Now really if she also had R240m to spend on housing, your black brothers wouldn't have been living in shacks.

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2012-11-24 18:15

    My condolences to the victims. May they get all the help they need

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-25 12:15

      Furlong.lubish.7' In the Cape they always do.

  • Terisah Risah RiRi Jeray - 2012-11-24 18:32

    wat does shacks catching fire have to do the DA exactly?

      Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-24 18:50

      The candles where white?

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-11-24 19:39

    the state of living conditions of fellow blacks in the western cape is much worsen nd compromised by the DA...proper housing delivery..

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-11-24 20:15

      Ow, come on, so there are only shacks in the WC?? And they only get on fire there? Get serious man, please.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-11-24 20:16

      Apart from that: Housing is mostly the responsibility of the National gouvernment, not the provincial one.

      nkosie.mpofu.7 - 2012-11-24 23:41

      Mbuso, since when have the privileged been sympathetic with the impoverished? Hence the abuse and disrespect your comment is getting from those who think they are 'more equal and more Cape Tonian' than others on this forum. Our people dying and living in squalid and inhumane conditions in the townships does not cause their children to stay awake at night so why should they care? This should not surprise you mfowethu, kodwa uThixo is for us all

      StephenGroenewald - 2012-11-25 06:46

      Nkosie, After every thing that has gone on in our country the last 18 yr that the new government has been in power how in the H.. can you say this has to with any other issue than the poor performance form the ANC. And what makes you think that the western is unique in its housing problem. Stop being so near sighted.

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-11-25 07:18

      Nkosie, the ANC cares even less about the plight of the poor. Unfortunately it is a human condition to not have constant empathetic thoughts for people in circumstances that they have not experienced. The lion doesn't have sleepless nights over the plight of the wildebeest, does he now? Instead of waiting for government to give you a house why don't you work hard towards one of your own?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-25 12:21

      Mbuso Siera. Now really?. Isn't a shack a shack where ever it stands?. Or are shacks in the East Cape and other such dreamlike vicinities of a higher standard?.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-25 12:27

      Nkosie,mpofu.7. Your president isn't very sympathetic towards the impovershed either. But let me enlighten you, you haven't got a clue how many of these people you call privilege are running schemes to help those needing help desperately. Do you think the inhabitants of Nkandla will have no Sunday lunch because of your people, and theirs, dying of hunger and living in squalor?. Before stoning others point your fingers at yourself and your government first. That is where the blame lies and not in the Cape.

  • eve.hemming - 2012-11-25 12:00

    I think that every person who makes a comment on News24 should be mindful that people all over the ENTIRE PLANET have access to reading the commentaries; including the rudeness, hostility, blame, aggression and racism etc that some people spew on all these News24 threads. Regardless of if the article indicates a pretty judgmental, biased, ill informed and /or naive viewpoint, as in this case a headline referring to 'white madams' being in itself racist, presumptive, generalistic, outmoded & shortsighted,the point is that we should all try and raise the moralistic bar, generate mutual respect for one another, regardless of creed, gender or culture and at least try and alter world wide perceptions of the SA mentality. Can't we all give our viewpoints without denigrating others ? At times I am embarrassed to be a South African.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-25 12:31

      Eve.hemming. Do you really think the entire planet is interested in South Africa?. So what if others read what is said here?. Embarressment is caused by your thoughts, nothing more and nothing less.

  • eve.hemming - 2012-11-25 12:03

    Sorry My previous comment is on the incorrect thread. Meant to be on the other article. My condolences to the families affected here.

  • maditabalucia.mmatli - 2012-11-25 13:22

    am failing to understand why this should debated!people have lost their homes the least we can do it to feel their pain, than concentrating on racial remarks that won't even solve the problem...

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