A lack of access to water by firefighters was at the centre of the fire that consumed 120 shacks in Durban.
Residents of informal settlements in Durban complain of a lack of refuse collection while the city points fingers at them for illegal dumping.
According to Mqapheli Bonono of Abahlali baseMjondolo it will take the people living in informal settlements in Durban the longest time to get their lives back together again.
Two Glebelands residents and employees of the politically connected private security company, Secureco METSU, contracted by the eThekwini Municipality to provide security at the hostel, have been implicated in at least 7 Glebelands murders and a further 3 attempted murders – Sivuyile Luna, whose trial for the murder of a Glebelands woman in Jan 2017, was remanded to February this year and Bongani Mbhele, for whom police recently issued a ‘wanted’ statement. Luna was a Block 52 resident while employed to undertake armed patrols at the hostel. Mbhele has been employed by Fidelity (Secureco’s holding company) since at least 2011, and although he did not perform guarding duties at the hostel, he is believed to have murdered at least 5 people by the time he was first arrested (and later released) in September 2015.