Valhalla Park: Victim ashamed to start school
Shane Morkel is not looking forward to starting school after losing all his clothes in the fire.
CAPE TOWN - A young Valhalla Park fire victim says he is not looking forward to going back to school after a blaze destroyed his family home.
While the 2014 school year commences from next week, 15-year-old Shane Morkel, who is expected to start grade 9 this year, says his school clothes burnt along with the rest of his and his family's belongings.
Morkel's home was among 350 shacks that burned to the ground in a fire started by an illegal electrical connection.
Morkel says the incident will affect his performance at school.
"I'm not excited because I don't have school clothes. I'm very emotional and I'm worried about what my friends are going to think about me because I don't have a place to stay and I'm homeless."
At least 18 people were hurt, with some people treated for smoke inhalation and dehydration.