The commission of inquiry into the deadly Marshalltown fire, known as the Usindiso building fire inquiry, is set to commence its first public proceedings this Thursday morning.
According to EWN, a devastating fire raged through a hijacked city-owned building in Johannesburg in August, resulting in 77 fatalities and numerous injuries.
The independent commission, granted six months to investigate the potential causes of the fatal blaze and recommend those responsible, is divided into two parts. Part A will focus on the fire’s circumstances, while Part B will address the prevalence of hijacked buildings in the CBD.
The survivors of the Usindiso building fire continue to grapple with the traumatic memories of that fateful day, with some describing the horrifying experience of jumping from third-floor windows to escape the rapidly spreading blaze.
Justice Sisi Khampepe, the commission’s chairperson, will consider the firsthand accounts and all evidence presented by witnesses as she formulates recommendations for the Gauteng government.
Khampepe announced that the proceedings would begin with three witnesses, with more individuals scheduled to provide testimony as the inquiry unfolds. She expressed hope that the recommendations issued by the commission would lead to accountability despite the government’s historical record of inaction regarding such recommendations.
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