Pictures: Fire rages in Kya Sands informal settlement, S.Africa

More than 700 shacks were destroyed after a massive fire swept across the Kya Sands informal settlement in Johannesburg South Africa, on October 9.

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According to the statistics by Judah Community Development church, close to 3 500 people were displaced and 3 children dead after the fire, said to have been caused by (izinyoka-nyoka) illegal connections from electricity power lines, ravaged through the area.

A woman weaves her way through the rubble carrying balancing luggage on her head that she managed to salvage from the fire that broke out and burnt down properties in Kya Sands informal settlement in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 9.
A woman weaves her way through the rubble carrying balancing luggage on her head that she managed to salvage from the fire that broke out and burnt down properties in Kya Sands informal settlement in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 9.

The residents, mostly from rural South Africa and illegal migrants from Mozambique and Zimbabwe who cannot afford proper housing due to lack of education and legal documents, lost all their property in the fire.

A man prepares to erect a new shack on the remains of his property the morning after a fire  burnt down over 700 shacks leaving 3500 people homeless in Kya Sands informal settlement, Johannesburg.
A man prepares to erect a new shack on the remains of his property the morning after a fire burnt down over 700 shacks leaving 3500 people homeless in Kya Sands informal settlement, Johannesburg.
A woman looks at remains of her home after the fire.
A woman looks at remains of her home after the fire.
A woman feeds her baby on the  remains of her property after the fire.
A woman feeds her baby on the remains of her property after the fire.
A man plays loud music on a solar powered radio while cleaning the remains of his property.
A man plays loud music on a solar powered radio while cleaning the remains of his property.

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A woman wakes up from the back of her husband's truck with the little goods she salvaged after the fire.
A woman wakes up from the back of her husband’s truck with the little goods she salvaged after the fire.
A woman and her two daughters took shelter in a tent provided by a local church, Judah Africa Community Development after their shack was razed by the  fire.
A woman and her two daughters took shelter in a tent provided by a local church, Judah Africa Community Development after their shack was razed by the fire.
A girl looks up anxiously as she waits for her turn to receive a food pack given by  Judah Africa Community Development church in Kya Sands informal settlement Johannesburg after a fire rended her family homeles.
A girl looks up anxiously as she waits for her turn to receive a food pack given by Judah Africa Community Development church in Kya Sands informal settlement Johannesburg after a fire rended her family homeles.

A timeline of shack fires in 2014

•January 25
A fire believed to have been sparked by either a candle or a parrafin stove razes 17 shacks to the ground in Kya Sand, Randburg.

•January 26
A 29 year old man is killed in a shack fire in Durban Deep, believed to have been started by fighting residents.

•June 10
A fire destroys 69 shacks in Alexandra township, leaving 150 people homeless.

•June 1
One person is burnt beyond recognition and five families are left homeless when a fire engulfs their homes in Zandspuit, north of Johnnesburg.

•August 24
A couple and a resident die in a blaze in Jeppestown.

•September 20
A man is burnt to death when his shack catches fire in Wynberg, Johannesburg. Two other shacks are destroyed.

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10 Comments

  1. Ndopaziva paKyasands pangapakusaita padhuze neDiepslut same same

  2. Pfambi Ya Mdhara

    ‘Zinyange Aunthony’… What a Stupet name. EISH!

  3. Moto wemu Bhayibhiri…. Taakuzotongwa namaivaChatunga..

  4. Many shacks,many fires……& many more to come.Thanx for murambatsvina PapaBobo.Ndatenda hangu.

  5. Feel sorry for the affected individuals,wish I had the capacity to help them,unfortunately am just as poor.That goes to show how our leaders Africa wide are self centred and brainwashed so many fools.They will steal goverment money for their mansions and ask other organisations for donations.The African continent has enough resources to carter for its needs, eg accommodation.Theres’ enough land,but people are forced to flee and squeez in London because of corruption,its a pity.And fellow Africans instead of fighting the oppressive system they mock the affected,where do you want these people to live?They don’t have political connections as you do,so help where you can or shut up.Murambatsvina is not a solution,it only worsens the plight of the desparate people.We must not be affected only when something bad happens to ourselves,love thy neighbour,if injustice is done to your neighbour,you are next,why can’t you learn that.If you are from Zim you should know better or maybe you are still waiting for your next of kins blood to be spilled before you feel the pain.The longer we keep these leaders the more secure and brutal they become,do you ever check the African leaders’ profiles?

  6. Victim of Oppression

    Jimmy you make a lot of sense Wish all of us could see that way because all of this is a result of the greedness of the evil rulers(not leaders because I dont think we have many in africa) Unfortunately the humanity have ceased to feel for each other to the extent of celebrating the suffering of fellow beings, having been fed on and satisfied by the crumbs falling from the feasting vultures in leadership

  7. By the way how much did Zuma’s Palace cost?

  8. History and stats have shown that urbanisation is proliferating at break neck speed and our governments faced with providing a country as a whole cant cope with the population needs that are attached to that phenomenon.Murambatsvina myt not be the answer to squatters sprawling every open space but its a tool authorities can use as a last resort to avoid these not-unforeseen but avoidable unfortunate incidents.

  9. How come I can not SEE the loud music being played on that picture? Kkikikiiikik

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