Only God can save us, says resident of fire-ravaged Alexandra
A fire ripped through a large section of the informal settlement on Thursday afternoon, destroying more than 600 shacks.
ALEXANDRA - While relief operations continue in fire-ravaged Alexandra, some residents say they still don’t know where they’ll be spending the night.
A fire ripped through a large section of the informal settlement on Thursday afternoon, destroying more than 600 shacks and leaving over 2,000 people homeless.
VIDEO: Alexandra fire leaves hundreds displaced
The person who allegedly started the fire was assaulted and later died from his injuries.
Community members have been battling through the heat as they try to rebuild their shacks.
They’ve recalled events since Thursday and say they have lost most, if not all, of their belongings.
This resident says he has nowhere to spend the night: “I’ve got no place to sleep... maybe I’ll just sit here the whole night or pray. Only God can save us. I don’t have plan A or B.”
A 23-year-old woman who lost all her belongings in the shack fire just hours after giving birth says she doesn’t know how she will be able to care for her newborn child and his three siblings.
An emotional Thembeka Mtabane is holding her newborn baby boy, wrapped in white blankets.
She’s told Eyewitness News how she now has no home to keep her baby safe: “Next month [January 2019] schools open... the uniform is gone, the Christmas clothes that I brought for the children are gone. Everything is gone. The baby doesn’t have clothes, the clothes I have were given by someone.”
Mtabane says while her baby boy is healthy, she doesn’t know how she will survive this month with no roof over her head.
The public is being urged to drop off food, clothing and toiletries at the Sandton fire station.
For more info on what you can do to help the affected Alex residents, click here.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)