Calls for fire reports to be made public

The third anniversary of the Bank of Lisbon fire in Johannesburg has recently passed and four reports into the tragedy, which saw three firefighters die, have still not been made public.

In September 2018 a blaze tore through the building, starting on the 23rd floor. Firefighters Simphiwe Moropane, Mduduzi Ndlovu and Khathutshelo Muedi lost their lives as they tackled the fire, prompting an investigation into their deaths.

Three of the reports have yet to be completed, while a fourth – commissioned by the City of Joburg – is still awaiting finalisation. None of the reports have been shared with the public to date.

Newly elected Mayor Matongo has admitted that the reports into actually caused the fire should have been concluded and been made public by now. He has told Eyewitness News that the city’s report will be released once the other three reports have concluded – and given assurance that the four reports would all be released by the end of this month.

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