Whilst DA fights for its survival, ANC continues to fight for better life for our people

Whilst DA fights for its survival, ANC continues to fight for better life for our people

15 October 2002

ANC leaders Ebrahim Rasool and Mcebisi Skwathsa, accompanied by City of Cape Town Councillors, today visited the families of the victims of fires in Khayelitsha and Wallacedene.

The ANC leaders expressed their condolences to the families of the three Mgangana brothers Luthando (3), Siviwe (6) Luvo (10) and their cousin Khangelani Zicina (9) after they died in their sleep as the shack they were in, burnt on Sunday evening.

The ANC leadership expressed their happiness with its local councillors for their assistance to the family with funeral arrangements.

The ANC leadership also visited the community of Wallacedene near Kraaifontein where two men died when a fire swept the squatter camp on Monday morning, destroying about 100 shacks and leaving 350 people homeless. The deceased are Zolile Zwelibanzi and Hlohla Jim, both in their 30`s.

The ANC appeal to the community, as they re-build their shacks, to allow for space in the interest of their own safety.

The ANC wishes to express its appreciation to all those involved in assisting the community. The ANC will approach Social Services and Poverty Alleviation MEC Marius Fransman for assistance from his department.

Said Rasool: "The tragedy of the deaths of six people, including four children, once again underline the need to speed up housing provision. Part of the problem was that we not always had the full co-operation and partnership of the local authorities.

"Fortunately, as we are going through political and governance changes, we now have the opportunity to correct this situation to work for a better quality of life for our people."

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape

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ANC Provincial Media Officer Gert Witbooi 082-570-9118.