14 August 2017

South Africa: Knysna Fires Report to Be Released

Photo: Julie Gosling/GroundUp
Duane Gervais, right, in the rubble of his uncle’s Knysna Heights house that was one of 846 houses in the Garden Route town gutted by fire (file photo).

The Knysna municipality will release a report on Monday on the fires that killed seven people and damaged or destroyed at least 1 000 homes in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

The report, to be made public at 14:00, is expected to shed some light on how the fires started. They raged between June 6 and 10 and were fanned by gale-force winds.

It took 985 firefighters using 78 fire vehicles, six Oryx military helicopters, four Working on Fire helicopters and two fixed-wing bomber aircraft, to kill the flames.

There were questions about whether the fires were started deliberately, and it is hoped the report could shed some light on this.

Thousands of residents were evacuated from their homes. Once the fires had been extinguished, a huge relief effort was started to help those who had lost everything. Rebuilding was still underway.

Volunteer firefighter Bradley Richards, 24, was among those who died. His colleague Ian Barnard was injured.

Western Cape premier Helen Zille declared Knysna and Plettenberg Bay a disaster zone.

Source: News24

South Africa

Prosecuting Chief Extends Zuma's Deadline for Representations On Corruption Charges

The deadline for President Jacob Zuma to submit his fresh representations to the National Prosecuting Authority has been… Read more »

Copyright © 2017 News24Wire. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.