After this weekend’s windy conditions lead to the rapid spread of fires in Cape Town's Kosovo informal settlement, Hout Bay and Khayelitsha, leaving hundreds of structures destroyed and thousands displaced, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh questions if victims from these fires will get much-needed help from corporate South Africa.
The one thing that really struck me is this Khayelitsha fire. You know reports broke of a fire early on Saturday morning around 2 am, we are hearing rumours that around 4000 have been displaced.— Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Radio Host
Hundreds of shacks involved, I don't know if you saw those gut-wrenching photographs from the City of Cape Town of just decimation across this section of Khayelitsha.— Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Radio Host
He adds that we really need to keep our eyes on this as he recalls the Knysna fire and the way that people mobilised media resources and attention.
And it is crucial that we do that too for the people of Khayelitsha, we can't be caught in a situation where some fires are treated with the seriousness they deserve and others not.— Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Radio Host
Corporate Law Attorney and caller, Tumi Sole says the picture that was shared by the City of Cape Town really hit home.
It was a clear indication between the haves and the have not unfortunately and what is required in my view was a proper way forward and a proper mobilisation.— Tumi Sole, Corporate Law Attorney
He adds that the mass mobilisation is needed on the fire that displaced many people from Khayelitsha and he appeals to South Africans to take initiative.
Watch below to Mpofu-Walsh sharing his views on the matter of Khayelitsha fire:
Khayelitsha 2018— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) October 20, 2018
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