Parliament to deploy MPs to probe response to deadly Joburg CBD fire


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Parliament to deploy MPs to probe response to deadly Joburg CBD fire
Parliament to deploy MPs to probe response to deadly Joburg CBD fire

Parliament mentioned the deployed committees would oversee the speedy and long-term efforts in response to the catastrophe that additionally displaced 200 individuals.

A firefighter seems out of damaged home windows on the scene of a fire in a constructing in Johannesburg on 31 August 2023. Image: Michele Spatari/AFP

JOHANNESBURG – The Nationwide Meeting would deploy oversight committees to reply to the deadly Joburg CBD fire tragedy.

A five-storey was gutted by fire within the early hours of Thursday, leaving 76 individuals useless greater than 50 others injured.

READ: JHB speaker Makhubele wants audit of all city-owned buildings after deadly blaze

Parliament mentioned the deployed committees would oversee the speedy and long-term efforts in response to the catastrophe that additionally displaced 200 individuals.

Survivors of the deadly catastrophe have since been accommodated at momentary emergency shelters in elements of the town centre.

READ: CoJ contacts neighbouring countries following Joburg fire which claimed 76 lives

The tragedy has highlighted the town’s housing points, in addition to the unlawful occupation of unused buildings owned by the town.

“These committees will also look into the distressing phenomenon of building hijacking within the city, a grave concern that demands urgent attention,” mentioned Parliament’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo.

“The assigned committees will also investigate the conditions of both private and government-owned buildings, focusing on their compliance with safety regulations. This effort aims to identify any gaps and ensure appropriate intervention to address deficiencies that could jeopardize the safety and lives of residents.”

In the meantime, the South African Native Authorities Affiliation (Salga) known as for collective motion and duty from officers in supporting victims, their households, and survivors.

Salga chairperson Ronald Nkosi mentioned officers should forestall such incidents in future.

“While the cause of the fire needs to be investigated, we do know that the circumstances leading to this tragedy are rooted in multifaceted challenges at various levels,” mentioned Nkosi.

“The complex issues of rapid urbanisation, and the need for housing on the one hand. Unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of desperate vulnerable people making them live in high-risk buildings and land illegally. It is essential to strengthen our country’s laws and municipal by-laws relating to security of tenure, especially for the poor and vulnerable while also preventing them from unlawfully occupying land and premises.”

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