Joburg mayor visits Orange Farm shack fire family

2015-08-12 22:54
City of Joburg mayor Parks Tau

City of Joburg mayor Parks Tau (Daily Sun)

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Johannesburg - Johannesburg mayor, Parks Tau, visited the family of five children killed in a shack fire in Orange Farm on Wednesday, his spokesperson said.

"He [the mayor] felt it important to go visit the family so he can express his condolences," spokesperson Phindile Chauke told News24. 

"This is not the first time he is going to the family. We have been interacting with the family through our social development department and other agencies of the city."

Government had also offered to assist the family in any other areas or undertakings.

"We have already availed grave sites for the kids and we are helping them with other things we can help them with," she said.

"Today was not about what we are putting on the table to help them, it was just for the mayor to be human and go acknowledge that this terrible thing has happened to this family."

On Monday, Johannesburg emergency services said the five children died in the shack, south of Johannesburg, in the early hours of the morning,

The three boys and two girls, between the ages of 4 and 17, seemed to have died from smoke inhalation, according to spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

All the children were confirmed dead on the scene.

Chauke said fires occurred in mostly back yard rooms, often related to illegal electricity connections.

"In one incident, I think on July 1, two kids died due to an illegal electricity connection. People are building extra rooms or shacks around their houses and they are not electrifying them up to standard," she said.

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