TO: Print and Electronic Media Houses
FROM: Office of the President, ADeC
SUBJECT: ADeC Calls for GPG and Mashaba to be Held Accountable
DATE: Sunday, September 16th, 2018
EMBARGO: For Immediate Release
In the wake of the tragic deaths of firefighters, Khathutshelo Muedi, Simphiwe Moropane and
Mduduzi Ndlovu, ADeC Leader, Moses Mayekiso says that the Gauteng Provincial Government
must hold City of Joburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba accountable for idling the issue of killer builders
in the inner city.
Government buildings without water or fire extinguishers indicate government’s gross negligence
and belittling of our Human Rights. How does the building operate without water, the most and
natural basic human right?
The spokesman for the DA in the Gauteng Legislature, Honorable Member Jack Bloom, highlighted
that he had asked a question about the conditions of this building to the Gauteng Department of
Infrastructure Development but no response was received to date.
The ADeC calls for an enquiry into why the complaints of employees regarding the particular
building were ignored. The cause of this fire needs to be investigated and those guilty of
negligence must be held accountable. Mayor Herman Mashaba, Premier David Makhura and MEC
for Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo need to take responsibility for the deaths of these heroes, as
they have failed to ensure a safe working environment for public servants working in government
Additionally, we call for corporate and residential buildings to also be investigated with a fine-
tooth to ensure that they are compliant with health and safety regulations.
The tragic deaths of the three firefighters could have been avoided. The state of Joburg’s inner city
as a whole is in tatters and our people are not safe. The scourge of hijacked, dilapidated buildings
is a ticking time bomb for more disaster to come.