“If a farm is owned by black people, curse the gods. If white-owned, it must burn.” This is the message posted on social media by Lindsay Maasdorp of Black First Land First. Knysna is a disaster area, and some people are continually being insensitive and raising suspicion.
Several other fires have flared up and raised a question of whether it is possible for so many fires to start on their own at different locations?
There are reports that a forensic investigator believes arson is the cause of the Knysna Fires. However, the police rubbish these claims.
During December there were more than 40 fires reported in the Knysna area, and helicopter pilots battling the blazes spotted children starting forest fires. These same children then returned to help the firefighters put out the fires. Some of the fires were caused by negligence and some caused by arson.
The fire at Signal Hill in January this years was arson, and a teenage boy was identified by the locals of starting this terrible fire.
There have been reports that several fires in and around the Western Cape were caused by arson and the current fires at Knysna could be due to arson.
When posts over social media smack of hatred for white people, then the fear of arson becomes a reality. Although the gusty winds are also responsible for the fires flaring up, and as the firefighters work under severe situations, it is disgusting that people take this disaster and turn it into a racial/land claim element.
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