by Siviwe Zibi
Today it marks a year since the passing of three firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty at the Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg. Simphiwe Moropane, Mduduzi Ndlovu and Khathu Muedi died while trying to extinguish a fire which started on the 23rd floor of the building. The building was used by the department of human settlement, health, co-operative governance, and traditional affairs.
The Gauteng Health department joined by the family members of the late firefighters remembered the fallen firefighters by laying a wreath at the building, which is being cleaned ahead of demolition.
Dr. Bandile Masuku said today it marks a year since the incident happened and we are gathered here to commemorate the lives of firefighters who lost their lives in this ordeal. One cannot overemphasise the great sacrifice and commitment to serving others that have been displayed by the firefighters during the burning of the Bank of Lisbon, what happened here must never happen again.
“It is an opportunity for us to recognize the areas where we didn’t do well and we need to correct ourselves and work in such a way that we are more attentive to detail, not only terms to quality of our infrastructure but also it relates to taking care of the people we serve as a department ” said MEC
Masuku said two investigations have been conducted and the forensic into the fire is still with the police. When the report comes, we will know what happened
Robert Moropane, speaking on behalf of the families said they told us that they will give us a report as families so that we know what led to the death of these firemen. Since March, I have been calling them requesting the report. I have called them yesterday and we have not received that report till today. We don’t know what is causing the delay, we are struggling to find closure as families.