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Fire victims caught in ANC/DA spat

The DA-led City of Cape Town has vowed to assist Valhalla Park shack fire victims.

Children and their parents are seen walking around the burnt out remains of their Valhalla Park homes after a massive blaze. 23 December 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The residents of a fire stricken informal settlement in Valhalla Park have been caught in between a political spat between the ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA).

A fire ripped through the Agstelaan Informal Settlement earlier this week leaving about 1,500 people homeless.

The city and local government have been hard at work since the incident to help residents re-build their structures.

The ANC has since come out in full force accusing the DA led government of failing to care for the less fortunate.

The ANC said these people should have been given adequate housing from the get-go.

This sparked protest action against a lack of proper housing.

But the city's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says this will not deter them from helping the residents in need.

"The City of Cape Town will exercise its constitutional obligation to provide shelter to the people. We will not be stopped by these people. If anybody is going to hamper the efforts, the City of Cape Town will follow the necessary legal action against those people."

Solomons-Johannes said the city had long term plans for the area which were going to be put into effect from late next year.

But they have brought the plans forward as result of the fire.

"We're making use of this opportunity now to fast-track the upgrading of the settlement so that we can bring in roads, water, electricity and other basic municipal services."

Meanwhile, 30 people were left homeless after a shack fire broke out in Khayelitsha on Saturday morning.

No one was injured in the fire.