Saftu to sue govt over deadly Joburg blaze

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said it will sue government over last week’s deadly Johannesburg CBD fire.

Saftu general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi said “How do you send firefighters in a building when you know there are no fire extinguishers. We're going to sue them on behalf of those families and on behalf of those workers.”

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Johannesburg emergency services personnel have gathered in the CBD to remember three fallen heroes.

The firefighters died in last week's blaze at a government building.

One emergency worker has pleaded with officials not to deploy them to unsafe buildings, saying they are death traps.

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Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi has also paid tribute to the firefighters.

He says while morale among personnel is low, they will honour the fallen heroes’ legacies by continuing to provide good services to the public.