Durban - KwaZulu Natal MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has expressed his condolences to the three families that lost their loved ones in a shack fire in the Beachway informal settlement on Tuesday afternoon.
It is believed that a total of 18 shacks burned down in the area of Clermont in Ward 22 of eThekwini Metro.
In addition to the casualties, 30 people have been left homeless.
Hlomuka has appealed to communities to open up their hearts and donate supplies which will be utilised to assist the 30 affected people who will now be moved into temporary shelters in and around Durban.
"This tragic incident comes at a time when our province is still reeling from the effects of the floods that took place in April and left a trail of death and destruction in their wake.