Hundreds of firefighters paid tribute to their fallen heroes outside the bank of Lisbon Building in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday morning

Emergency services, Johannesburg Metro Police, family and friends gathered outside the building to commemorate Mduduzi Ndlovu, Khathutshelo Muedi and Simphiwe Moropana who died last week while battling a blaze in the Jo’burg CBD.

Firefighters in their uniforms, sang and comforted each other at the wreath-laying ceremony. Some of the victim’s family members were unable to contain their emotion when they arrived at the building where their loved ones lost their lives.

Grieving relatives comforted each other, their wails piercing a sombre gospel tune played by a brass band.

Gauteng Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Chairperson, Mandisa Mashego said both the municipality and provincial government should be blamed for the death of the three firefighters.

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“We have opened the case of murder against MEC for Human Settlement, MEC for Health and Gauteng Premier,” said Mashego.

SAFTU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said what makes them angry is that the tragedy should never have happened.

“This thing should have been avoided, how can government allow people to work in building [which] doesn’t have fire extinguisher and water,” said an angry Vavi.

A memorial service for the three fallen firefighters is underway at Ellis Park Arena.

Author: ANA Newswire