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176 homes burnt, “Municipality’s fault,” Abahlali baseMjondolo says

In Africa on April 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

eThekwini, South Africa — On Tuesday 176 homes burnt to the ground in the informal settlement of eThekwini at Kennedy road. The grassroots anticapitalist movement Abahlali baseMjondolo (meaning Shack Dwellers in Zulu) has blamed the municipality of eThekwini — located in the province of Kwazulu Natal (the Shack Dwellers stronghold) — for the fires that destroy 176 homes.

The movement’s spokesperson, Sbu Zikode, said “If the people had electricity and water like they were promised years ago, None of this would have happened – it would all have been be avoided.”

The inhabitants of the 176 homes started rebuilding their homes immediately after the fire Wednesday morning with material provided by the KwaZulu-Natal department of human settlements and public works.

Shack fires occur regularly on Kennedy Road. On december 22, 2011 circa 300 homes were burnt to ashes, which left 1500 people homeless. The local authorities have continually failed to provide the inhabitants with save living conditions.

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