Shack blaze toll rises

Daily News - - NEWS - – Se-Anne Rall

THE fa­ther of the 2-year-old who died af­ter sus­tain­ing in­juries in the week­end’s fire at the Fore­man Road in­for­mal set­tle­ment has also died in hos­pi­tal.

Eric Mpanza died just days af­ter his son, Sisipho Xulu, died of his in­juries in hos­pi­tal.

It is thought that the fire, which left hun­dreds of peo­ple home­less, started af­ter a can­dle fell over in one of the shacks.

Shack­d­wellers’ move­ment Abahlali base Mjon­dolo said Mpanza was a Mozam­bi­can na­tional.

Thapelo Mo­hapi, the group’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, said they would help to repa­tri­ate Mpanza’s body to Mozam­bique.

Mean­while, a food and cloth­ing col­lec­tion drive has been started by Satish Dhu­pelia of the Gandhi De­vel­op­ment Trust.

“There is a com­mit­tee in place and there is a list of the af­fected. When cloth­ing is do­nated, it is sorted ac­cord­ing to size and sex, and then dis­trib­uted ac­cord­ing to the list,” he said.

Those want­ing to do­nate can con­tact Dhu­pelia at 083 539 8202, or drop the items off at the En­gen Garage at 45th Cut­ting.

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