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SaftuNews24 reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) plans to sue those who knew that the Bank of Lisbon building was non-compliant with safety requirements prior to last week's deadly blaze.  

"We have taken the decision to sue.  We are going after you comrades.  These are not chickens that died.  These are human beings, sons, breadwinners etc.  They will not die in vain," Saftu leader Zwelinzima Vavi warned during his address at a memorial service, held for those who lost their lives in the fire, at Ellis Park Arena on Wednesday.  Vavi was referring to Gauteng Premier David Makhura and MEC for Infrastructure and Development Jacob Mamabolo, neither of who attended the service.  Mamabolo revealed last week that a report showed that the building was only 21% compliant when it came to health and safety requirements.  "In that building, not one fire extinguisher was working.  All of the water pipes had dried up.  There was no water in that building.  Lives should never have been lost due to negligence and incompetence," Vavi stated.  The Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of SA (Demawusa) demanded a judicial inquiry into the tragedy.  Firefighters Simphiwe Moropane, 28, Mduduzi Ndlovu, 40, and Khathutshelo Muedi, 37, died last Wednesday when they attempted to put out the blaze.  Moropane plunged to his death, after he slipped from the ledge while trying to get air.  Ndlovu and Muedi died from lack of oxygen after they became trapped in the building.

  • Read this report by Canny Maphanga in full at News24
  • Read too, Without water, Joburg firefighters were betrayed to die, at SowetanLive

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