COSATU Gauteng Statement on the devastating Johannesburg fire
31 August 2023
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Gauteng extends its deepest condolences to the families affected by the tragic building fire early this morning.
The tragic fire has seen more than 70 people sadly lost their lives leaving 50 people seriously injured. It is reported that Johannesburg officials are still unclear over the direct cause of the fire, however, the Emergency Services reported that firefighters have been able to bring out some of the occupants and are still trying to search for more victims as the fire was contained.
The Federation calls upon emergency services and law enforcement agencies to assist in locating the remaining victims in the building and try to identify the cause of the fire.
The City of Johannesburg and the Department of Human Settlement and Infrastructure should assist provide with temporary accommodation for families left without shelter.