Killer fires devastated many communities in the past few months

From natural to man-made, wildfires have killed many people and destroyed thousands of homes and property worth billions of rands. 

On Thursday, about 600 informal settlements were affected and 2,000 people left homeless after a fire broke out in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg. 

A man accused of starting the fire died after allegedly being assaulted by members of the community.

Police spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo told TimesLIVE that a case of murder had been opened.

The Alexandra fire is one of many that have destroyed the livelihoods of people in recent months. 

Khayelitsha fires

In late November 2018, about 162 people were left homeless after 35 shacks burnt down at the Tsepetsepe informal settlement in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. 

The fire started in a shack after the electricity box exploded and caused other electrical cables to burn.

In October 2018, also in Khayelitsha, one person was killed and thousands displaced when a fire broke out in SST Section.

The blaze was said to have left more than 4,000 people homeless. 

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