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The Democratic Alliance is saddened by the recent fire in the CBD

The number of fatalities has risen to 73 with a further 52 people injured.

On August 31, the Democratic Alliance (DA) released a statement expressing their sadness about the recent Johannesburg CBD fire.

DA Johannesburg Caucus Leader, councillor Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku had this to say.

“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.”

She added, “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. There will be a time to find [out] 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.”

The death toll has now surpassed 73 people with authorities saying the numbers may still rise.

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