Firefighters at #FireFightersMemorial: Government killed our brothers

Firefighters at #FireFightersMemorial: Government killed our brothers

- Three firefighters lost their lives when trying to fight an inferno at the department of health's building in Johannesburg

- One of the firefighters laid the blame for their deaths squarely on the shoulders of the government

- The firefighter feels that if the government took better care of the building there would not have been a fire

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Family and friends mourned for the firefighters that lost their lives in the fire in the Bank of Lisbon Building.

One of the firefighters who were there to mourn his fallen comrades blames the government for the tragedy.

Muzikayise Zwane says firefighters didn't have a chance against the blaze in the government-used building. He blames the non-compliant state of the building for the deaths.

Zwane said they did not expect to try and fight a fire in a building that had no water.

Government killed our brothers by administering a building which was 21% compliant.

The firefighter remembered the horrible moment when he heard the glass break when his colleague, Simphiwe Moropane, fell to his death.

I looked out the window and I saw his body was crushed beyond recognition.

According to an earlier report by, the man fell from the 23rd floor.

Zwane was also deeply upset by the comments of people saying the firefighters were not fit to do their work.

Should these people have joined us in this rescue mission, they would have perished on the 1st floor. They wouldn't have made it to the 23rd floor like the rest of us.

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Another firefighter, Simphiwe Sibiya, said at the memorial that the comments were hurtful.

We have been fighting fires high-rise buildings for years, we know what we are doing.

There are still a lot of fingers being pointed about who should be blamed but Sibiya said people should not think about that.

If we play the blame game, we will not grow. We did not come here to find out who did what we came to say goodbye to our brothers. reported on the state of the building before the fire. The building's safety rating was far lower than the required 85% - it had a rating of 21% and was at risk of a serious accident.

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