Scores homeless as fire razes informal settlement
by PEACEFUL NGARA
JOHANNESBURG – THOUSANDS of residents at an informal settlement in Kya Sands, outside Johannesburg have been left homeless after fire swept through the area.
Property worth millions of Rand went up in smoke in the area mainly populated by impoverished foreign nationals drawn from Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The cause of the inferno is yet to be known although it is suspected either a gas stove started the fire or illegal electricity connection led to the disaster.
One of the affected residents, Evans Mukwevhu, a Malawian resident who is a contractor in the neighbouring affluent Sandton, was teary as he described the situation as an unbearable torment.
“When I came back from work, I found my house razed down and total assets worth R9000 all in ashes,” he said.
Jane Ndlovu from Mozambique said she lost furniture when the fire broke out when she was at work.
She prayed for divine intervention amid the challenges the now homeless residents faced.
Auditing firm, Deloitte South Africa, has been providing relief material to the distressed families.
In 2010, more than 2,000 foreign nationals living in Kya Sands fell victims to xephobic South Africans, who looted their belongings including hard earned cash and property.
– CAJ News
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