Man hospitalised after Alexandra community accuse him of arson
By Pelane Phakgadi
Police have their hands full as they try to establish the cause of the blaze in Alexandra, Johannesburg, which engulfed scores of shacks on Thursday afternoon and probe the attempted
murder of a man who the community accused of starting the fire.
Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said: "We do not have evidence of an arson attack and we can't label it as such yet... but we are hoping that the man recovers in hospital so that we could obtain a statement."
On Thursday, eNCA reported that at least 500 structures were affected.
Masondo also appealed to the community to not take the law into their own hands and urged all those
who may have information about how the fire started to come forward.
Hundreds of people have been displaced and others have lost everything they had, except for the clothes on their backs.
Some told eNCA that they were homeless and had "nowhere else to go".