Saturday, October 27, 2007

Four die in centre for disaabled

By Henry Booysen
27 October

Khayelitsha residents are furious blaming poor service delivery for the deaths of four people in a shack that is a care centre for the disabled.

The victims, two boys aged 11 and 15 a 21 year old man and a 14 year girl old burnt to death yesterday, being unable to escape the premises of the Zanokhanyo Educare Centre in Makhaza.

The Ward councillor Mthwalo Mkutswana blamed the lack of infastructure for the deaths and said the centre struggled to get financial support to build the appropiate structures.

"Even our allocation for councillors to improve quality of our institutions is very limited. We have a problem with institutions in the area. They are built with zinc and these buildings pose a huge risk," said Mkutswana

Victoria Libazi the caregiver at the centre said she carried eight people out of the burning shack, including a four month old baby and a 21 year old patient.

According to police an inquest docket has been opened.


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