One dead, 1,200 homeless after massive settlement fire in Cape Town

One person was killed and around 1,200 people left homeless after a huge fire in an informal settlement in Cape Town.

The fire destroyed hundreds of shacks in the Masiphumelele settlement in Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa.

It began shortly after midnight on Monday 29 July, and raged for several hours.

Community leader Maswazi Nkosi said "maybe thousands" had been affected by the blaze.