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JMPD Personnel Sent to Fire-Damaged Building in Johannesburg CBD



Police at the scene of the Johannesburg CBD building fire.

In response to the tragic fire incident that occurred in the Johannesburg CBD, a contingent of metro police officers has been deployed to the site. This unfortunate event claimed the lives of more than 70 people, including 12 children, with over 60 individuals sustaining injuries as the fire engulfed the five-story building on that fateful Thursday morning as reported by the SABC News.

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To maintain security and prevent unauthorised access, a group of more than a dozen Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers has been stationed at the site overnight. Additionally, rolls of barbed wire have been strategically placed around the entire vicinity of the building to further secure the area.

For family members who wish to identify their loved ones among the victims, specific documentation requirements have been outlined by the City of Johannesburg. Suppose the deceased is a South African citizen. In that case, the family should present the original Identity Document (ID) of the deceased or the birth certificate, especially if the deceased is a child.

However, the documentation requirements are more extensive in the case of foreign nationals who lost their lives in the tragedy. Family members seeking to identify a deceased foreign national should provide:

  • A valid passport.
  • An asylum seeker certificate.
  • A letter from the deceased’s country of origin confirming the identity of the deceased and the designated recipient of the remains.

All the bodies recovered from the scene have been transported to the Diepkloof Mortuary in Soweto for further processing and identification by the authorities.

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