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'We've done a lot of protesting in this area'

Following the deaths of three children in a shack fire in Bekkersdal, residents say the lack of service delivery in the area has put their lives in danger.

Bekkersdal community members congregate at the shack where three children were killed during a fire on 29 May 2018. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Residents of Bekkersdal in Westonaria say the lack of service delivery in the area has put their lives in danger.

Three children were killed on Tuesday night when a blaze ripped through their home in the Spooktown informal settlement.

The death of the children, aged between 2 and 11, has left the community living in fear of losing their loved ones this winter.

Sibusiso Mavuso says the community of Bekkersdal has been protesting for years over service delivery but the situation hasn’t changed.

“We’ve done a lot of protesting in this area. We started long time ago, since after 1994.”

He says the area lacks basic services such as proper sanitation and electricity.

“Because if we had electricity, maybe they will be using a heater, which is much safer than the paraffin stove.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known and the mother of the children who were killed in Tuesday's blaze, is recovering in hospital.

VIDEO: 3 children killed in shack fire in Bekkersdal

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