The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is appalled and disturbed by the news that a number of government buildings in the City of Johannesburg in particular are not safe.
This is witnessed by the fire that has destroyed one of these buildings two days ago which is also houses The Bank of Lisbon in the CBD. What was also shocking is to hear the Premier of Gauteng admitting that his government is aware of this problem that has led to death of the three fire fighters who were fighting the blazes that erupted.
The UDM is sending its deep felt condolences to the families and colleagues of these Fire Fighters who lost their lives in their call of duty.
The lives that were lost could have been prevented if the provincial government did listen to the public servants and unions who have raised their concerns about the lack of safety in these buildings. As we speak, buildings in the same situation are still being occupied by state departments and it is still business as usual.
The UDM has been calling the government for some time to pay attention hazardous and abandon buildings in the city to either repair or destroy them as they exacerbate other problems like crime and harbour illegal immigrants. Our calls as always fell on deaf ears.
The UDM is, therefore, calling for thorough investigation to the cause of the fire. Those who will be found to have neglected their duty in ensuring that these buildings are in condition and safe, must be brought to book.