The na­tion de­mands an­swers

Sunday World - - Viewpoint -

It is tragic that within a short space of time af­ter an­swer­ing a dis­tress call about a burn­ing build­ing, three fire­fight­ers try­ing to ex­tin­guish the blaze were dead.

The build­ing, hous­ing three pro­vin­cial de­part­ments in Joburg CBD, is said to have been highly un­safe and not com­pli­ant with min­i­mum safety stan­dards.

The gov­ern­ment must tell the na­tion how the brave fire­fight­ers es­sen­tially went into a death trap. One fire­fighter plunged to his death and his col­leagues died from smoke in­hala­tion.

With three fam­i­lies hav­ing lost their sons, fa­thers and bread­win­ners, we need to in­ter­ro­gate the level of train­ing our fire­fight­ers are given and if they were out of their depth to deal with this sit­u­a­tion.

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