Ramaphosa saddened by death of 5 children in Cape shack fire

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JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says the death of five boys in a blaze at the Masiya informal settlement in Philippi, Cape Town, is a tragedy that brings home the dangers faced by thousands of vulnerable South Africans, especially during winter.

In a statement on Saturday, Ramaphosa says the five children died in a fire at about midnight on Friday that reportedly also displaced 30 residents of the informal settlement.

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“This tragedy touches and affects all of us as South Africans, especially as we mark Youth Month, during which our nation’s attention is focused on creating a better life for young people," says Ramaphosa. 

“As the government, we will do our best to assist the affected families," he says.