Overstrand fire suspect to appear in court as fires continue flaring up

A man suspected of starting a fire that devastated affected areas like Betty's Bay, Pringle Bay, Hangklip and Rooi Els is expected to appear in the Caledon Magistrate's Court on Monday.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to attorney Marcello Stevens about what charges the accused may be faced with when he appears in court.

They would look at where it happened, whether it was in farm or residential area. The will also look at what this person's intention was, whether it was a social thing or it was geared at injuring someone.

Marcello Stevens, Attorney

The main focus today would be to decide on whether or not to grant him bail.

Marcello Stevens, Attorney

Overstrand Fire Chief Lester Smith provides an update on the fires. He says there was a flareup over the weekend in Franskraal which resulted in the area being evacuated but the firefighters managed to get it under control.

While fighting the fire in Franskraal, another fire broke near Masakhane, says Smith.

Read: Overstrand Municiplity's latest wildfire information

On Sunday there were two flare-ups in the Franskraal area and we have troops from the West Coast District Municipality to come and assist us.

Lester Smith, Overstrand Fire Chief

The troops are busy fighting that fire to make sure that all the flare-ups are put out.

Lester Smith, Overstrand Fire Chief

According to Smith in the Betty's Bay area, 31 homes were destroyed and 28 were partially damaged.

He says they have helicopters and firefighters on standby in areas where they are expecting flare-ups because of the winds.

To hear the rest of the update by Lester Smith, listen below:


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[UPDATE] Overstrand Municiplity's latest wildfire information

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