Arson suspected in Cape Town blaze

2012-02-02 11:52

Cape Town - A fire near Milnerton on Thursday morning has left 60 people without homes, the Cape Town disaster risk management centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the fire broke out just after midnight in the Joe Slovo informal settlement, razing 20 shacks and two houses.

No casualties were reported, he said.

"According to preliminary reports it appears that the fire was caused in a dwelling where a petrol canister was found. The suspected cause of fire is arson."

An inquest docket was opened.

The city would provide those affected with food, blankets, clothing and building material.

On Wednesday, another shack fire left 60 people homeless in the Overcome Height informal settlement near Steenberg.

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  • annetjie.fogg - 2012-02-02 12:13

    This is not a new story. These shack dwellers are waiting on the government to move them to the DRP houses that was promised to them. In KwaZulu Natal is it a very common occurance. Vote for the current regime and there is where the masses will stay.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-02 12:14

    Who the hell starts a fire and destroys peoples homes? The news continues to get sicker by the day! I hope this lunatic is caught and locked away for good!

  • Deeteem - 2012-02-02 12:48

    They move their furniture out, set the fires and get "new stuff" and food then move their furniture back into the new shack !!

  • Leon - 2012-02-02 13:15

    It's a pity what a guy must do to get a free house in this country. And then the counsil move them back to their shacks. The ANC does not learn. Give them the 60 Milion rand houses for ministers. Then they will be happy and stop burning their shacks down.

      comurray - 2012-02-06 15:42

      These people will never be satisfied, they are awaiting their daily/weekly hand outs. Give them a house and within a year it becomes too small because their whole family consisting of at least 12 persons have now moved in.

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