Firefighters pull back efforts due to community hostility in Pooke se Bos

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue spokesperson Theo Layne says they had to withdraw from extinguishing a fire at Pooke se Bos informal settlement near Rylands, cape Town.

He says the community members in the area became violent and abusive to the firefighters and so they made a decision to withdraw until the crowd subsided.

Fortunately, they did not have to withdraw completely and returned to continue fighting the fire.

Around 127 people have been displaced and one person lost their life in the fire.

Anybody who interferes with the firefighting efforts is just causing more havoc for somebody else.

Theo Layne, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue spokesperson

We are there to carry out a specific function and find this very unnecessary.

Theo Layne, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue spokesperson

Aslam Cassiem, Councilor for Ward 46 - Rylands area, says the community of Rylands are usually welcoming and warm and it is the few rotten apples that are making the whole community look bad.

He says it was the matter of the bad overcoming the good and the community was too scared to call the bad into order.

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:

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