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Johannesburg - The ANC has rejected a motion by the opposition in the Gauteng legislature to provide emergency housing kits for victims of shack fires, the DA said on Wednesday.

“This rejection is shameful and is a great tragedy for people who lose everything in the many shack fires that occur in Gauteng,” Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement.

“It's a very sad day when the African National Congress rejects a humanitarian proposal for ridiculous reasons.”

Bloom said the reason provided by the ANC for its rejection was that it was “frivolous, vexatious and obscene” and “counter-revolutionary”.

The kit included ten wooden poles, five galvanised zinc sheets, a door and door frame, nails, and plastic sheets. It costs about R1 400.

ANC spokesmen Keith Khoza and Jackson Mthembu could not immediately be reached for comment. - Sapa