Category Archives: fire

eThekwini Municipality Breaks Promises Once Again – Protest Currently Underway

November 16, 2017

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

eThekwini Municipality Breaks Promises Once Again – Protest Currently Underway

Three lives have now been lost to the fire that devastated the Foreman Road settlement in the early hours of Sunday morning leaving more than a thousand people homeless. On Monday the Municipality promised to provide the people who had been left homeless after with fire with building materials. They promised that the building materials would be provided on Thursday, which is today.  Continue reading

A Second Life has been Lost to the Foreman Road Shack Fire

14 November 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

A Second Life has been Lost to the Foreman Road Shack Fire

On Monday we reported that Sisipho Xulu, a two year old boy, had died in hospital after sustaining terrible injuries in the shack fire that devastated the Foreman Road settlement in the early hours of Sunday morning. Yesterday, at around 2 in the afternoon, the community got the sad news that Eric Mpanza, Sisipho’s father, had also died in hospital.   Continue reading

Foreman Road Settlement Devastated by Fire – a Child has Died

12 November 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Foreman Road Settlement Devastated by Fire – a Child has Died

Today at around 1:30 am in the morning a fire broke out in the Foreman Road Settlement in Clare Estate, Durban. The fire started when a candle fell and ended up burning the Xulu family home. We have just heard that a two year old child in the Xulu family has died in hospital. Other members of the family are in a critical condition at King Dinizulu Hospital. Around eight hundred families have been affected by the fire.   Continue reading

Brutal Evictions and Road Blockades are Continuing

Friday, July 7, 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Brutal Evictions and Road Blockades are Continuing

As we explained in our statement yesterday we marched, in our thousands, on the Mayor of the eThekwini Municipality and the KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance on 26 June. However the Mayor and the MEC refused to present themselves to the thousands of people who marched on the City Hall.

The memoranda that we handed over gave them seven days to respond to our demands. We made it clear that if there was no response we would engage in further protest action. The seven days passed with no response. This the politic of contempt.  Continue reading

VOCFM: Selective responses to disaster by the middle classes

By Imraan Buccus, VOCFM

The fires in Knysna and elsewhere in the Eastern Cape are a terrible disaster. People have lost their homes and all their worldly goods and been traumatised. The outpouring of support and concern for the victims of this disaster is a very positive development that should be welcomed by all.

But devastating fires are not a unique development. In fact they are an everyday feature of life in South Africa. In fact just a few days ago, 7 children under the age of 7 died in shack fires in Wyebank, Durban. Continue reading