- South African social media fans are sharing their views and praising firefighters who fought the massive fires in Cape Town following two of them perishing in the blaze
- The men and women are being hailed as heroes for their resilience in battling ravaging fires around Table Mountain and the University of Cape Town
- Mzansi social media users such as Robert Marawa have also shared their views on the brave men, saying they are heroes while comforting those who were affected in Cape Town
Following media reports that two firefighters have lost their lives while fighting against the ravaging fires in Cape Town, many have credited the men and women as brave heroes.
Well-known radio broadcaster Robert Marawa took to his Twitter page to praise the firefighters as national heroes. The Metro FM sports radio host has also sent a message to those who have been affected by the fire.
According to IOL, the fire moved up towards Rhodes Memorial and then towards the University of Cape Town (UCT) upper campus.
The website has it that two fighters were injured and rushed to hospital on Sunday while trying to contain the fire that razed iconic Cape Town landmarks, including Rhodes Memorial’s restaurant and Mostert Mill, and damaged historic UCT buildings.
The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Jermaine Carelse confirmed they were alerted to the vegetation fire above Philip Kgosana Drive at about 8:45am this morning.
“May God protect them.”
“So sad to see these fires at UCT - I spent some time at @UCT_news as a visiting academic in 2018 and remember well the beautiful campus and incredible staff and students. The buildings being destroyed are priceless.”
“And to think some people are taking this as a joke. It’s no joke, just look at this bravery and dedication!! #CapeTownFires”
“They are superheroes, each and every one.”
“It’s really sad, they should get what they deserve for all their hard work.”
Briefly News reported that a massive fire was raging on Table Mountain and has already damaged a cafè and buildings as it spread past the Rhodes Memorial. The M3 highway was closed to prevent traffic from entering the city as the fire spread towards the major artery.
Firefighters were fighting the blaze by land and air in an attempt to get the wildfire under control before it reached the city. The fire started sometime on Sunday afternoon and soon spread down from Devil's Peak.
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