Eastern Cape teenager tragically killed in shack fire

20 shacks were also destroyed i the fire that killed 14-year-old Zinhle Zabo.(Photo:Supplied to DRUM)
20 shacks were also destroyed i the fire that killed 14-year-old Zinhle Zabo.(Photo:Supplied to DRUM)

A fire has killed a 14-year-old girl and destroyed 20 shacks in the Ndulini informal settlement in the Eastern Cape.

Witnesses heard the screams of Zintle Manganyan Zabo (14), who was trapped in a burning shack on Monday afternoon. Attempts were made to break open the door, but the fire was raging and spread rapidly – eventually burning surrounding shacks.

Captain Andre’ Beetge of the New Brighton police station said that the girl passed away in the fire and about 20 shacks were destroyed, leaving more than 100 residents without homes and desperate for help.

“The case of the fire is still unknown and as the SAPS we would like to thank the Nelson Mandela Disaster Management for their emergency response, as well as the ward councilor of ward 19 for their speedy assistance with blankets and mattresses, as well as the somalian society in the area who donated food to people.”

“There remains a need for assistance in the form of clothing, bedding and more food, any person who wishes to help or contribute can contact the coordinator or visits the New Brighton police station.