EDITORIAL | In SA, all fires do not burn equally


EDITORIAL | In SA, all fires do not burn equally

On the same day as the Cape Town disaster, a blaze destroyed lives but went relatively unnoticed


The fire ripped through homes. Buildings are in ashes. Many residents lost most of their belongings, including food for the month.

This is not in Cape Town. This is the aftermath of a blaze, also on Sunday, that swept through Marikana informal settlement in Cato Crest in Durban. Mother of two Nomasamson Dlamini, 38, died, and 16-year-old Cebo Mpiliso was critically injured, while 45 families were left homeless.

As offers for help to the University of Cape Town (UCT) – which suffered immeasurable losses in the Table Mountain fire at the weekend – streamed in, shack dwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo was a lone voice out of Durban. “Their homes have become ashes. They do not have materials to rebuild their homes. Winter is upon us ...” It appealed for assistance to the families left destitute. “Many of the people who are affected are women. We will need food, clothing and building materials.”..

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