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Shack fire breaks out during Ramaphosa address in Tswelopele

President Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing community members as part of the ANC’s Thuma Mina campaign launch.

Tswelopele residents seen at the site of a shack fire on 18 May 2018. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Several shacks in Tswelopele on the East Rand caught fire on Friday morning during an address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the informal settlement.

This caused panic among those gathered. Ramaphosa was addressing community members as part of the ANC’s Thuma Mina campaign launch. The campaign focuses on improving service delivery.

As Ramaphosa promised housing, electricity and jobs to residents, smoke was seen billowing from a nearby shack, forcing residents to leave the rally and run towards their homes. Firefighters were on scene shortly after the incident.

Community members told Eyewitness News that they hope this incident shows the president how much they need proper housing.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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