gautengIndependent Media reports that Sunday marked the third anniversary since three City of Johannesburg firefighters died in an inferno that broke out at the Gauteng Health Department’s Bank of Lisbon building in September 2018.

But, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Gauteng health spokesperson, Jack Bloom, says that there has been no accountability for this tragedy, and little information has been given to the grieving families. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has promised to give a consolidated report at the end of this month of all the investigations into this fire. No satisfactory answer has been given for the delay in releasing the findings of the investigations that have been conducted by the SA Police Service, the City of Joburg, the provincial government and the Department of Labour. Bloom commented: “I suspect that senior ANC politicians could face criminal charges as a result of the fire, as well as officials who were negligent in preventing it. Immediately after the fire I laid criminal charges of culpable homicide against the then Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa and Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo for negligence in not setting up a functioning Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the building, and for ignoring multiple warnings from unions and staff about the fire hazard.” Bloom said the DA would hold Makhura to his undertaking that the reports would be made public at the end of this month and would push for full accountability, including criminal charges where warranted.

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