Our Viewpoint | Shack fires expose emptiness of political promises

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The weekend’s fire, which left several residents of Sacca shack dwellers in Mkondeni homeless, is a reminder of how government, which often claims to be the champion of the poor, can be an accomplice in their misery.

The informal settlement, which started in the 1990s when a few land invaders moved into a vacant land and erected housing structures, has been allowed to mushroom into an overcrowded squatter camp.

Despite government having been aware of the dangers which the informal settlement poses to the residents, very little, if anything, has been done to improve their living conditions.

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