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Recent shack fires are a concern

WC Social Development authorities are concerned about the recent spate of shack fire deaths in Cape Town.

Shacks devastated by fire. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development authorities are concerned about the recent spate of shack fire deaths in Cape Town.

Shack fires have affected Philippi, Sea point, Mitchells Plain and Gugulethu.

Five people, including two children have died in separate blazes in Lavender Hill, Nyanga and Atlantis over the past few days.

Fires across the Cape Peninsula claimed the lives of 69 people between January and July in 2011.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said they assist the affected families.

"These are the post disaster relief people and of course we provide relief for those who have been left homeless of who have been left with nothing. In one case we also provided the material to rebuild a house."

Meanwhile, the biggest rescue effort was at the scene of an accident in Khayelitsha where a bus crashed into five shacks after being stoned during last week's service delivery protests.

Bus driver Sandile Hoko lost control of his bus it was being stoned and died.

The city as well as the Western Cape Provincial government has offered R50, 000 to anyone with any information as to who the culprits may be.