By now we all know about the fire that broke out on Wednesday morning on the 23rd floor of the building which is shared by the departments of health, human settlements and co-operative governance.
We also know that tragically three fire-fighters have died, one fell to his death and two died as a result of smoke inhalation.
Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo revealed on Wednesday that the building was "only 21% compliant with safety regulations".
Jacob Mamabolo KNEW THE BUILDING WAS A FIRETRAP !
This is the same Jacob Mamabolo that is currently facing 24 lawsuits lodged by different service providers, who are separately claiming payments for various reasons amounting to about R186 515 000 against his department and some of his predecessors.
Three deaths as a result of a fire in a building that was "only 21% compliant with safety regulations" is a tragedy and our condolences go out to the families and colleagues of the fallen fire-fighters for their unnecessary deaths.
Hundreds if not thousands of employees working in the building and who knows how many members of the public who had business to attend to with the various departments in the building could have quite easily been injured, burned or simply cremated alive in the blaze but fortunately a massive tragedy involving many more victims was averted.
However, Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo quite clearly stated that he and his department KNEW of the SERIOUS SAFETY VIOLATIONS.
Had MEC Jacob Mamabolo actually cared about the fact that many people were in danger he would have done something about it - he would not have simply allowed them all to be in such a dangerous building.
BUT MEC Jacob Mamabolo DID ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN!!!
MEC Jacob Mamabolo WAS NEGLIGENT !
MEC Jacob Mamabolo WAS DERELICT IN HIS DUTIES TO ENSURE THAT HIS STAFF AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE SAFE !
And as a result of his "simply not caring" three brave fire-fighters are DEAD !!!
As far as I know, if a person causes the death of another due to NOT HAVING DONE THEIR JOB PROPERLY then that is MANSLAUGHTER !!!
But in the ANC tradition of "cover your ass" and "sweeping the truth under the carpet" will anything become of this???
Probably not !!!
So it is up to us, the citizens of South Africa, to make every effort to at least get justice for the three fallen brave fire-fighters who fell because of MEC Jacob Mamabolo and his criminal dereliction of his duties.
And the only way that we can do that is by sharing the information as far and as wide as we can - in their honour.
Lets get justice for those three fire-fighters and show their loved ones that we recognise their bravery - and sacrifice...