Burnt Klerksoord girl laid to rest

Foreigners living at the Klerksoord shelter in Pretoria North have blamed a shack fire there that...

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Foreigners living at the Klerksoord shelter in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Pretoria North have blamed a shack fire there that left a girl dead on government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

A six-year-old girl burnt to death at the weekend after her family’s makeshift home caught alight.

She was among the hundreds of foreigners who fled to Klerksoord during last year’s xenophobic violence and were still refusing to leave.

The six-year-old was laid to rest on Monday while investigations into the cause of the fire in which she died continued.

Immigrants at the shelter said the fire could have been prevented.

The foreigners were forced to erect shelters from blankets and plastic after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees took back all the tents it donated to the camp.

All aid to the site was withdrawn, but the immigrants refused to leave saying they did not feelt safe anywhere in the country.