IFP fingers ANC over fires

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has demanded that the ANC in the legislature come up with a comprehensive strategy detailing measures to help prevent large-scale wildfire damage in the future.

Party chief whip Henry Combrinck said very little, if anything, had been done in terms of prevention to help the areas and farmers that are likely to be affected by wildfires.

"For all its rhetoric, the provincial government has failed to deliver on its promises to help the victims of last year's wildfires, let alone provide enough support for the current ones," he said.

By yesterday the reports from the provincial government said 30 people had peri- shed in the fires.

The households affected by the devastating fires have increased to 1112, while the number of people who were injured has increased to 59.

Meanwhile, MEC for agriculture Mtholephi Mthimkhulu, pictured, has vowed to "get to the bottom" of allegations that the killer fires were sparked by arsonists linked to a land claim process.

Mthimkhulu promised to investigate the allegations.