Heartbreak for 7de Laan actress after devastating Knysna fires

08 June 2017

The beloved actor from 7de Laan shared the tragic news on Facebook.

The beloved 7de Laan star shared the tragic news on Facebook that her cousin was one of the victims of the Knysna fire.

"I am in great shock because I just had news from my van der Ryst family, that my cousin, Dawie van der Ryst died of a heart attack while fleeing their house in Knysna with his wife and dogs."

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Annelize van der Ryst, who plays Matrone on the popular SABC2 soap revealed on Thursday that her cousin Dawie stopped the car then got out to take one last look at their house and possessions, then collapsed and died.

"My heart goes out to Elsabè and their children and grandchildren as well as all the other people who are devastated by this horrendeous fire."

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Nearly 8 000 people were evacuated from the coastal town on Wednesday afternoon and during the night due to blazes that have destroyed more than 150 buildings, including a number of schools.

About 400 firefighters from across the province are fighting a number of blazes in the Eden Municipality.

A total of nine people have been killed as a result of storms in the Western Cape and fires in the Southern Cape.

The provincial government is ramping up efforts to get relief supplies to Knysna and other affected areas.

Additional sources: News24 Wire

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