The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Johannesburg is deeply saddened by the tragic deaths caused by a devastating fire in the Johannesburg CBD. We would like to express our deepest and most sincere condolences to the families of the people who tragically passed away during the fire.
There are no words that can help, or reassure someone who is grieving. Sadly, the building was very crowded, and is essentially being described as an informal settlement, which is only exacerbating the situation. The DA is in the process of determining who the owner of the building is, and will take steps to ensure transparency on this issue too.
While families are grieving, and anxiously awaiting news regarding the well-being of their family members and loved ones who called this building their home, we can only pray that they find peace in this difficult time.
This tragedy has left a scar on Johannesburg, that will not be easily forgotten. We will ensure that the cause of this disaster is thoroughly investigated, and we will do all we can to ensure that loved ones, victims, and family members of those impacted by this disaster are assisted during the aftermath of this disaster.
We would further also like to thank the first responders who have been attending to those injured, and ensuring that the fire is contained. The residents of Johannesburg owe an incredible debt to the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line tonight, and now.
There will be a time to find the cause of this blaze, and a time to hold people accountable for their actions or inaction – and they will be held accountable. Now, however, we need to ensure that those who are going through the most difficult time in their lives are looked after.