Khayelitsha fire toll rises

2013-01-05 18:51

Johannesburg - The death toll from a series of shack fires on New Year's Day in Khayelitsha and Thembeni has risen to five, the City of Cape Town disaster management services said on Saturday.

The latest victim, 35-year-old Lungelo Krexe, died in hospital where he was being treated for the burns which covered 80% of his body, said spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes of the city's disaster risk management centre.

Krexe's condition had deteriorated since being admitted on January 1.

Solomons-Johannes said Krexe was declared dead by doctors on Friday at 12:55.

The four dead were all males, ages 25, 21, 25 and 29. The shack fires on New Year's Day initially killed four people and left 4 000 homeless in Khayelitsha and Thembeni.

Solomons-Johannes said at 01:12 a fire was reported at Thembeni informal settlement in Du Noon.

"The fire destroyed 15 formal houses and another 220 shacks in the area. As a result of the fire 800 people were left displaced," he said.

In Khayelitsha, a fire destroyed 120 shacks on Monday at 19:15 leaving 200 people homeless at the WD-section.

Another devastating fire broke out at BM-section of Khayelitsha at 04:45 on Tuesday.

  • Kombisa - 2013-01-05 20:33

    My heartfelt condolences to all the affected either directly or indirectly. Without getting to the not so interesting politics of the Republic, simply because would prefer to leave politicking to the politicians, but as a concerned citizen and voter I don't understand why we still have so many informal settlements. Why politicians don't stay and live in these forever mushrooming informal settlements? Why Politicians are far removed from the very people that mandated them? Don't they want first hand experience? When are the ordinary voters enjoying the fruits of the trillion infrastructure built? Please forget I posed any of my wonders.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-05 22:05

    keep on voting black green and yellow there is darkness at the end of the tunnel

  • mfanah.radebe - 2013-01-06 11:12

    something really need to be done.Cape Town it such a nice place to be but ohhhh shirt just visit Masiphumelele,Langa may fock!You will think you some where in Africa not the Cape that is known as the best city of all.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-06 12:36

    Cape town is such a dynamic city it has traces of Europe and across the road Mkhukhu sec. its funny how they are so quick to respond to the Anc but so slow the respond to the black masses in the slums!!! Keep voting DA the socio economic divisions will be evident for years to come!!!

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