Govt set to intervene after devasting Masiphumelele fire

Thousands left destitute after a fire rips through an informal settlement in Cape Town.

Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG - Human settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu visited Masiphumelele to assess the situation after a devastating fire destroyed over a thousand structures last week.

Thousands of people have been left homeless.

READ: Masiphumelele residents start salvaging belongings after blaze

The site is being cleared, while affected residents are staying in different locations such as churches and halls until they can move back.

The City is in the process of declaring a local disaster, to release emergency funding to help residents.

It also wants to ensure adequate housing for the displaced, with help from Sisulu.


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