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tshwane thumb100 ANA reports that Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga and a contingent of senior Tshwane emergency services officials on Wednesday ordered the immediate evacuation of the Department of Correctional Services’ head office Poyntons Building for “serious breaches” of fire and emergency evacuation regulations.  

Msimanga said at the high-rise building in Pretoria’s CBD:  “Following what we picked [up] last week in Johannesburg (where three firefighters died due to a government building catching fire), we felt that it is important for us to start our own inspections of buildings, especially those that we have previously warned.  When we walked in here, we have seen things that are shocking.”  He went on to say:  “Where they are storing files, you have lights that are sparking.  That’s where you have a whole lot of papers that are in the building.  The escape routes are locked shut, which means people have to go through smoke or through fire because the escape doors are shut.  These are some of the things we have communicated to the company [running the building] here in 2016.”  He pointed out that 1,600 people used the building, which also accommodates members of the SA National Defence Force.  As Msimanga walked away, several officers in correctional services crowded around him, thanking him for the intervention.  The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) was equally elated.

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