Family members of the three firefighters, who died trying to put down the Johannesburg building fire, have laid wreaths in front of the Bank of Lisbon building.

Simphiwe Moropane, Khathutshelo Muedi and Mduduzi Ndlovu died fighting the blaze which started on the building’s 23rd floor.

Among those in attendance was Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and Gauteng Cogta MEC Uhuru Moiloa.

Close to 20 firefighters have formed a guard of honour in front of the building where three of their colleagues died in last week’s fire in the Johannesburg CBD.

There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the building before a memorial service that will take place at the Ellis Park Arena.

Some firefighters are using the event to highlight their working conditions.


About 17 Johannesburg Emergency Services in their firefighting gear are standing on the stairs leading inside the burnt building in honour of their fallen colleagues.

City of Johannesburg officials also took part of the wrath laying ceremony.

Other colleagues have taken the opportunity to protest over poor working conditions, singing and chanting demanding danger allowances and proper uniforms.

Streets around the building remain closed, with traffic badly affected.