Public Works team to assess Sophiatown police flats

The fire that broke out at the police flats in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, has been extinguished. Courtesy of #DSTV403

JOHANNESBURG - A call for action by those living in the Sophiatown police flats has finally been answered.

The Department of Public Works will be sending a team of engineers to assess the state of the building on Monday.

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Residents have been calling for action after a fire broke out in the elevator shaft on the eighth floor of the 15-storey building.

It was contained with no injuries or loss of life reported.

The state of the building for over five years has not been satisfactory according to the residents.

Westdene-Sophiatown Residents Association representative, Dauw Steyn said, "from the resident's association, we have been trying for three or four years, to get PW to come and fix the building, address the security part of this, and we have had reports of people staying here who are not part of the South African Police Services."

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On top of having to deal with broken elevators and doors and missing fire extinguishers, residents now have to carry water all the way up to the fifteenth floor after it was cut following a fire at the weekend.

The Public Works Department that owns the building - says a team of engineers will visit the building on Monday to look into the cause of the fire, as well as, issues raised by residents.

The Department says maintenance of state buildings is its responsibility but it adds this takes place in partnership with the client or user department that is occupying the building.