CAPE TOWN, May 7 – The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) has called for housing delivery and an accelerated shack eradication programme after eight people died in a fire in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats in the early hours of Monday morning.
SANCO national spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu, said: “The frightful deaths and material losses that the poorest of the poor who were driven beyond desperation [suffer] should weigh heavily on the conscience of those who have it in their power to act but procrastinate because in their view, those affected are inconsequential ‘refugees’ who should not in the first place be in the Western Cape”.
Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne said a water tanker and two fire engines were dispatched to the scene at just after 1.30am.
Four shacks had already been destroyed when the firemen arrived, leaving 22 people displaced.
Layne said two women, two men, three male children, and one female child sustained fatal burns. The cause of the fire was unknown, but police are investigating it.