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Days after floods kill over 400, fire outbreak renders hundreds homeless in South African settlement

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Barely a week after devastating floods and mudslides killed over 400 people in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa, hundreds of inhabitants of the Paarl Informal Settlement in Cape Town have been rendered homeless after a fire broke out in the Joe Slovo area of the city on Saturday night.

A spokesman for the Cape Town fire department said there were reports of explosions during the fire which gutted and “destroyed more than 100 makeshift homes in the settlement, rendering hundreds homeless.”

A member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security in the province, JP Smith, who spoke to journalists after visiting the site of the disaster, said though the fire was put out swiftly, it had caused considerable damage.

“The first arriving officer immediately called for more resources and in total there were 10 fire engines and seven water tankers on the scene with approximately 70 staff who managed to contain and extinguish the blaze just before midnight.

“This is another disaster coming after the floods of last week.

“The cause of the fire has not yet been established and while no injuries or fatalities were reported, a number of people were left displaced,” Smith said.

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Zambia: Golden Party leader Silavwe accuses Hichilema of weaponising state institutions

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Leader of the Golden Party of Zambia (GPZ), Jackson Silavwe, has accused President Hakainde Hichilema of weaponising and mobilising state institutions against the country’s citizens.

Silavwe who made the claim in a statement he issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, said the President had used institutions such as the Police, Judiciary and Parliament against citizens and groups holding critical or contrary views to his administration.

Silavwe further alleged that President Hichilema had strayed from the vision he outlined in his President-elect speech at Community House.

President Hichilema must return to full democracy, the one he once preached about when he was in the opposition,” Silavwe said in the statement.

He went on to accuse the Hichilema administration of branding critics as “enemies of the state, and using thugs, state machinery to arrest and persecute them.”

“President Hichilema and his circle of power have attached personal emotions to the laws of the land, justifying their repugnant conduct while neglecting the real problems facing our people, such as the high cost of living,” Silavwe stated.

He, however, warned that the weaponization of state institutions is a double-edged sword that would ultimately harm both the President and the nation.

“There is no better ending to what he has initiated. He must change course,” Silavwe advised.

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‘Stop complaining, you’re not the only ones facing poverty,’ Tinubu tells Nigerians

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President Bola Tinubu has told Nigerians to stop complaining as they are not the only ones facing poverty and hardship in the world.

Tinubu, who gave the charge when he received a delegation from the National Assembly led by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, alongside the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, who came to felicitate with him on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos, said though there was poverty and suffering in the country, the challenges would not be tackled by complaining.

According to a statement on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Ajuri Ngelale, the President said one of the ways of tackling the myriad of challenges in Nigeria is to eliminate banditry and terrorism so that farmers can return to the farm.

According to the President, it is imperative for Nigerians to have a change of value system for the nation to make progress.

“Yes, there is poverty; there is suffering in the land. We are not the only people facing such, but we must face our challenges,” Tinubu said.

“We must find a way to eliminate banditry and terrorism so that farmers can bring out food from the farmland.

“If you do not have good roads to bring the food to the population, even if you grow the food and you are losing 60-70 per cent to damages, you will pay the price,” the President added.

He also challenged Nigerians to have a change of mindset about the country if the nation is to overcome its current challenges.

“The need for some citizens to change the rent-seeking mindset and become more productive to the economy is a challenge. The need to stop smuggling and all economic sabotage.

“Why should we have people removing rail tracks and all that, stealing electric cables and sabotaging the economy?

“We must embrace the campaign to change our value system. We must tell our people that the challenge we face is for all of us to change our mindset about our country.

“It is daunting, but we cannot run away from the fact that this country must survive the hardship,” Tinubu stressed.

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