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Ramaphosa Assures Help for Johannesburg Fire Victims



EMS personnel and police are seen on site in a building in Johannesburg that caught fire in the early hours of the morning in this image captured on 31 August 2023.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reassured the individuals who lost their homes due to the devastating fire that swept through the Johannesburg CBD. The President personally visited the scene of this tragic event on Thursday night.

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This deadly fire consumed an apartment building and resulted in a staggering death toll of over 70 people, including young children as reported by the SABC News. The exact cause of the fire, which broke out in a hijacked building during the early morning hours, remains unknown.

President Ramaphosa emphasised the critical need to address the issues surrounding inner-city housing and the hijacking of buildings. He acknowledged the heroic efforts made by first responders, saving 49 lives, but lamented the tragic loss of 74 individuals, some of whom were children.

He expressed deep sympathy for the victims and their families, stating, “This is the kind of tragedy we would not wish upon anyone.” President Ramaphosa assured the affected residents that the government would assist. He revealed that ministers were actively engaged in efforts to ensure that those in need of support would be taken care of.


In this time of profound tragedy, the government is committed to aiding those who have been left homeless and vulnerable by this devastating fire.

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