Tshwane mayor sends condolences
TSHWANE mayor Solly Msimanga’s administration has sent its condolences to the family and loved ones of the five victims of a shack fire in Alaska informal settlement.
The family members, Isaac Ramalepe, 35, Motsepelo Temane, 30, their two children aged six and eight and a 27yearold relative of the mother were burnt beyond recognition by the fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police have since opened an inquest after they found an exploded gas cylinder in the wreckage.
The administration said that its will be looking at ways to assist the affected families.
“However, it is extremely distasteful that the ANC in the area has decided to politicise the deaths of these members of our community,” spokesperson Sam Mgobozi said.
“This is the second time in just a week they have chosen this approach, the first being the death of five children in Soshanguve.
“This conduct is as unfortunate as it is not surprising.
“The ANC in this region has become synonymous with advancing its narrow political ends through the misfortunes of the most vulnerable people in our community, even those who died in horrific circumstances which they clearly had no interest in fixing while in power.”
Mgobozi said it was bizarre that the ANC in Tshwane seeks to use this to assign blame after governing the region for more than 20 years.
He said the Msimanga administration was working to fix what was broken in the best interests of its people and it is making progress and providing housing through the formalisation of informal settlements under Project Tirane announced by mayor Msimanga during his inaugural state of the capital address in April.
“Appreciating that the municipality has inherited severe financial constraints, we have had to rapidly triage and embark on a systematic formalisation process of the 134 informal settlements left to crop up under the former administration who did nothing to formalise them but now seek to assign blame for their neglect,” Mgobozi said
He said that they were making progress in this regard with the seven informal settlements announced during state of the city address that were previously left to languish by the former administration.