Fire leaves Joburg families homeless

2012-09-22 10:00

Johannesburg - At least seven shacks at the George Koch informal settlement were destroyed by fire leaving several families homeless, Johannesburg emergency services said on Saturday.

"The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, no one was injured," said spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

The fire started on Friday night.

Firefighters managed to put out the blaze shortly before it started to rain.

Disaster management was still trying to find accommodation for the families, Mulaudzi said.

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-22 10:08

    I feel really sorry for these families, but keep on voting for the ANC and you will stay poor and we will keep on feeling sorry for you and nothing will change. - 2012-09-22 10:37

      Stupid. Thought you would be advocating a relief fund of sorts. That may be the first sign that these people need to enable them to see that you are on their side and maybe they will vote for whatever party you belong to.

  • linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-09-22 11:54

    @teddy.beer319. It is not the responsibility of private citizens to help in cases like this... it is the responsibility of local/provincial or national government. The fact that most citizens expect private people to help them out is caused by the failure of the government to do so, as well as an attitude of entitlement i.e. if I am poor someone with money must take care of me. That is why there is so much anger and resentment in SA - because poor people feel that people with money have a duty to provide for them - which they actually already do by paying their rates and taxes - which should be used to help the poor - but instead is stolen by those with access to public funds. - 2012-09-22 13:59

      Appreciated. Most of what you said is correct but then, you do not tell a drowning man to have been more careful before you take them to shore. This is not the time to talk politics. Its a disaster time where help is more welcome than ideologies. I could argue why people are in shacks in the first place until sunset but that will not feed a hungry child.

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