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Cops to track down Cape fire arsonists

A forensic investigation into the blazes has found at least two of the fires were started deliberately.

FILE: A firefighter battles a blaze on Boyes Drive in Muizenberg during fires that ravaged the Cape Peninsula in March 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Thursday said it will be handing over evidence to police in the hopes of tracking down arsonists who started some of the fires that ravaged the South Peninsula.

A forensic investigation into the blazes, commissioned by the city, has found at least two of the fires were started deliberately.

Thousands of hectares of vegetation were reduced to ash and a number of homes were gutted in the fires in March.

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The municipality's JP Smith said numerous witnesses came forward with information.

"We will hand over whatever we have to the South African Police Services (Saps) at the beginning of next week when we have had the ability to match a report to all the existing available information we have. We will go lay charges of arson at Saps and it's for them to determine whether there is any feasible hope of finding the culprits."

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