Cape Town fires wreak havoc

2012-02-11 13:09

Cape Town - Nearly 90 people have been left homeless after three fires in the Western Cape, the City of Cape Town said on Saturday.

The city's head of disaster operation, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, said the first fire was at Brown’s Farm informal settlement in Phillipi on Friday night, where one shack burnt down.

The second fire destroyed two backyard dwellings in Ocean View on Friday. Six adults and nine children were left homeless. The last fire, at the Sweet Homes informal settlement in Phillipi on Saturday, destroyed 15 shacks and left 70 people homeless.

Solomons-Johannes said the city’s disaster response teams were on hand to assist the victims with food parcels, clothing, blankets and building material.

The causes of the fires were still being investigated, he said.

  • grant.weston1 - 2012-02-11 18:46

    You can say what you like about ANC supporters but at least they know the basics about property - LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION !!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-12 10:18

      Sadly your DA needs them too during elections, is that not ironic?

  • Moses - 2012-02-12 00:02

    its rime our democracy move beyond mere party politics and role up our sleeves to become south africans lets stop seeing our people through the lenses of black & white , DA & ANC and be moved by compassion farm killings gang murders shack burnings our people are suffering,where's the the private sector that spend millions just to save on tax,the government that money on 100 year birthday parties its time to work as a nation almost 20yrs past apartheid our excuses are running out.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-12 10:14

      Hear, hear, Moses ! We should spread this message from the shacks to the sushi parties. We don't need Black/White arguments, we don't need political parties.

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