Fire left people homeless in Woodstock, Cape Town

By Simon Vilakazi

People in Woodstock, Cape Town were left homeless after fire gutted parts of their residential building, Victoria Centre, on the 16th of March 2019. The fire made the building inhabitable to the tenants. When residents were asked if they got any assistance from the City of Cape Town, some of them reported that they got no assistance from the city authorities. When the fire broke out, tenants could not save their belongings. They only took a few belongings they could fit into their bags. Interviewed tenants said they did not get any compensation from the building owners, not even deposit money they paid before renting rooms in the building. On Monday, the 18th March 2019, some of the people had to take a day off from work just to find themselves alternative accommodation. This is a sad situation.

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