They arrived in desperation, unable to find anything better, safer or cheaper in a city with a severe shortage of affordable housing. They settled in a trash-choked building owned and neglected by the city of Johannesburg, paying “rent” to criminals. Hundreds of people lived there, and on Thursday morning, at […]

South Africa’s deadliest residential fire in years At least 74 people, including a dozen children, died yesterday in a fire in Johannesburg that tore through a building where squatters lived, city officials said. It was one of the deadliest residential fires in South Africa’s history. My colleague Lynsey Chutel, who […]

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