Saturday, 10 November 2012

Petrol bomb destroys 4 houses in Bonteheuwel – 30 people homeless

At approximately 09:45 on Saturday, 10 November 2012 a petrol bomb was thrown at a house situated at 39 Oleander Street, Netreg in Bonteheuwel.

The blaze spread to other three dwellings resulting in severe fire damages to the Council dwellings.

The other three dwellings were situated at 27 and 39 Oleander Street; and at 1 Almond Street.

As a result of the fire thirty people were left displaced and disaster response teams assessed the damages this morning.

The dwellings are owned by the Council and arrangements are underway by the City’s insurers to assess the destruction in order to effect emergency repairs.

The City’s disaster response teams assisted the victims that were affected by the fire with clothing, food parcels and blankets.

The City has called on the South African Police Services (SAPS) to open a case of malicious damage to these properties.

At this stage it is unclear whether one person or a group was behind the attack, however it is believed that is was as a result of a turf war over drugs.

The SAPS will be investigating the incident and also undertaken to have visible patrols and policing in the area.


Source: Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects and Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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