De Lille: Denel must move away from Macassar

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille was speaking at a memorial service on Thursday night to honour the eight workers killed in an explosion at the plant earlier this week.

Police vehicles at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions facility in Macassar, Cape Town, after an explosion at the facility killed at least 8 people and injured more on 3 September 2018. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says it's time for Rheinmetall Denel Munition to pack up and leave the Macassar area.

De Lille was speaking at a memorial service on Thursday night to honour the eight workers killed in an explosion at the plant earlier this week.

Experts are still probing the circumstances that led to the disaster.

De Lille says having the facility right next to a residential area reminds her of apartheid spatial planning.

“The time has come for Denel to move away from our communities to a place far away, where there are no communities close by because the danger of living like this not acceptable.”

Family members gave DNA samples to help identify the victims after their remains were removed from the explosion site earlier this week.

Bereaved family members, of six of the eight workers killed in Monday’s blast, were seated in the two front rows of the packed St Joseph the Worker Anglican Church.

They wept as their relatives’ names were read out.

Candles were lit to honour their loved ones who tragically lost their lives.

Caroline Adriaanse says she’s still coming grips with her 51-year-old brother, Stevon Isaac’s, untimely death.
“It’s very sore inside of me. I can’t accept it but time will tell us.”

Bishop Margaret Vertue had comforting words for the mourning relatives.

“We need to listen to them recalling tehri last communications, their regrets, their if only.”

A memorial service for two victims who lived in Lwandle, Strand, was also held on Thursday night.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)