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Plight of informal settlers 'politicised'

MEC Albert Fritz says it’s unacceptable how the plight of Valhalla Park victims has been politicised.

MEC Albert Fritz says it’s unacceptable how the plight of Valhalla Park fire victims has been politicised. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says it's unacceptable how the plight of informal settlers in the Valhalla Park area who've been left destitute by a recent fire, has now been politicised.

A fire ripped through the Agstelaan informal settlement last week, leaving more than a thousand people homeless.

The African National Congress (ANC) has been vociferous in accusing the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led Western Cape government of failing to help the poor.

Violent protest action erupted in Valhalla Park last week with those affected by the recent fire lashing out at authorities.

Provincial ANC leader Marius Fransman has rubbished claims that he's using the plight of informal settlement residents for electioneering purposes.

But Fritz maintains this issue has turned into a political ball game and has deemed it unacceptable.

"We take strong offence with Marius coming to stir people up instead of saying 'why don't we all take hands' and we can assist the people in this situation."

Meanwhile, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has warned the ANC Youth League not to interfere in relief efforts in the area.