Culprits spotted deliberately starting fires in the Cape

Reports have emerged that helicopter pilots putting out fires around the Western Cape are seeing people start more fires and then flee the scene.

Reinhardt Geldenhuys, chief fire officer at Overberg District Municipality says this is not something new, this has been happening for some time.

Yes our pilots have seen children starting fires in the Grabouw area.

Reinhardt Geldenhuys, Chief Fire Officer at Overberg District Municipality

There is absolutely no indication of any political threat or planned criminal activities (when) lighting the fire.

Reinhardt Geldenhuys, Chief Fire Officer at Overberg District Municipality

According to Geldenhuys, the children are fascinated by the helicopter. He says when they respond with a fire truck, the children say, 'no don't put out the fire we are waiting for the helicopter'.

This is not new. Last year we actually had to deploy spotter planes doing patrol and spread the rumour that it takes pictures of you and if you get caught you'll be taken ti jail...

Reinhardt Geldenhuys, Chief Fire Officer at Overberg District Municipality

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