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Ramaphosa: “Joburg CBD Fire Wake Up Call For Govt To Provide Habitable Housing”

"Obviously, this needs to be investigated," said Ramaphosa, adding that officials are "setting up an investigation process, which the premier and the city will announce in due course".

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Ramaphosa: “Joburg CBD Fire Wake Up Call For Govt To Provide Habitable Housing”

President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered an investigation into the fire that ripped through a five-story building in Marshalltown early Thursday morning, killing at least 74 people.

He went on to say that the fire is a “wake-up call” for the government to provide safe homes.

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At least 12 of those who were killed were minors. About 50 others were hurt and are being treated at surrounding hospitals.

This comes after more than 12 hours of search and rescue attempts.

On Thursday evening, Ramaphosa arrived at the location for an inspection. He was accompanied by authorities from the City of Joburg and Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi.

“Obviously, this needs to be investigated,” said Ramaphosa, adding that officials are “setting up an investigation process, which the premier and the city will announce in due course”.

He added that ministers, MECs, the Gauteng province and the City of Joburg are working hard to ensure victims are taken care of.

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“We’ve got to get to the bottom of what caused this fire. It’s a wake-up call for us to begin to address the situation of housing in the inner city… Those who have lost their homes or accommodation are going to be catered for,” said Ramaphosa.

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Elize Coetzee, a seasoned journalist, is the driving force behind SurgeZirc SA’s world news and world politics coverage. With an unwavering commitment to truth, Elize delves into global affairs, providing live updates, in-depth investigations, and thought-provoking analysis. Whether it’s geopolitical tensions, international diplomacy, or breaking stories, Elize’s incisive reporting keeps readers informed and engaged.
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