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SACC Holds Memorial Service in Remembrance of Johannesburg Fire Victims



memorial service for the Johannesburg fire victims

This morning, the South African Council of Churches in Gauteng organised a memorial service for the Johannesburg fire victims. The service is currently underway. According to SABC News, the tragic incident, which occurred last week, engulfed a five-story building, resulting in the loss of over 70 lives and leaving numerous individuals injured. The building, located in Marshalltown, was illegally occupied.

Bishop Dr. White Makabe Rakuba, Chairperson of the SACC in Gauteng, extended heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the fire. He also praised the emergency services personnel who rescued individuals from the blazing structure.

Rakuba emphasised the significance of the memorial service. He said, “We’re remembering all those people who have been affected, those who lost lives, those who lost property, and those who have been somehow affected.”

Also read: Gift of the Givers Mobilises Aid for Marshalltown Fire Victims

The service started at 10h00 at the Central Methodist Church. The church is at the corner of Pritchard and Small streets, opposite the high court. It is open to all individuals who wish to pay their respects.


The Albert Street fire tragedy has drawn attention to the dire conditions of many inner-city buildings nationwide. These buildings often lack essential utilities such as water and electricity, and their deteriorating infrastructure poses significant risks. Despite their challenging conditions, these buildings serve as places of refuge for thousands of people, including immigrants. The struggles faced by those who call these buildings home have been documented in the book “The Blinded City: Ten Years in Inner City Johannesburg” by Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon.

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Council Convenes to Assess Scope of Hijacked Buildings in Wake of Joburg CBD Fire

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