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Siqalo residents fear for their lives after arson attacks

At least 58 people have been displaced as a result of yesterday’s fire, with most of them seeking refuge.

Residents say they don’t point out the perpetrators of the attacks to police because they fear they’ll be targeted. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some Siqalo informal settlement residents say they fear for their lives following a spate of arson attacks in which at least 15 shacks were destroyed.

#Sqalo This some of the damage caused by arsonists at the Sqalo informal settlement yesterday. @JustKoyana pic.twitter.com/h0Tp0AnrBM

At least 58 people have been displaced as a result of a fire on Tuesday.

Most of them have fled and are seeking refuge with friends and relatives.

Residents say they don't point out the perpetrators of the attacks to police because they fear they'll be targeted.

#Sqalo This some of the damage caused by arsonists at the Sqalo informal settlement yesterday. @JustKoyana pic.twitter.com/h0Tp0AnrBM

They claim the suspected arsonists are still in the community.

A local described to Eyewitness News how an object, which looked like a petrol bomb, was thrown at a neighbour's shack. The blaze then spread to his home.

The man says other residents then helped in dousing the flames.

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