Johannesburg CBD fire, death toll rises to 77

Johannesburg CBD fire, death toll rises to 77. Image: Twitter

Parliament to investigate recent Joburg fire outbreak

Parliament says it will conduct its own constitutional oversight role over the recent fire outbreak, in Johannesburg CBD.

Johannesburg CBD fire, death toll rises to 77

Johannesburg CBD fire, death toll rises to 77. Image: Twitter

The recent fire breakout in the buildings in Marshall Town, Johannesburg, will be the subject of independent constitutional scrutiny, according to the parliament. At the time of the latest count, the fire calamity had claimed 76 lives while injuring many more.

SABC reported, according to Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Speaker of the National Assembly, and Amos Masondo, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, relevant committees would be tasked with examining the participation of various stakeholders, including pertinent government ministries.

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What is the purpose of the investigation?

According to them, the focus of the planned examination is to examine how the so-called kidnapped buildings currently stand in terms of their legal compliance.

“Relevant committees of parliament will be immediately assigned to oversee both the immediate and the long-term efforts of various branches of the government in response to this disaster. These committees will also look to the distressing phenomenon of the building high jacking within the city which is the grave concern that demands urgent attention. The assigned committees will also investigate the conditions of both private and government buildings focusing on their own compliance with safety regulations,” Parliament Spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo elaborates.

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What did Cyril Ramaphosa say about the fire?

The Johannesburg fire, which claimed the lives of at least 70 people on Thursday, has been dubbed a “tragic disaster” by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa said the nation woke up to the “disaster that has befallen our country where a number of people in Johannesburg were engulfed in a fire and a fire that has resulted in the deaths of over 60 people and left many more injured” he said this on Thursday during the unveiling of the expansion of the SAPS forensic science biology laboratory and women in law enforcement parade in Gqeberha.

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“I would like to offer my deep condolences to the families of those who have passed away and those who are injured and wish a speedy recovery for those who are injured ” he said.

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