The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has called on the Gauteng Health and Infrastructure Departments to take responsibility for the fire at their Johannesburg CBD building that claimed the lives of three firefighters.
The two departments occupy the high-rise Bank of Lisbon building, where the blaze broke out on Wednesday.
The union says they warned the departments again as recently as last Friday that the building was a safety hazard.
Denosa spokesperson Siphiwe Gada also notes that the floor where the fire started, housed documents on a corruption probe underway in the Department of Health.
“Denosa finds it quite interesting that the fire broke out on the 23rd floor where the legal department is. Our finding is that the legal department is busy conducting an investigation on corruption within the department, where culprits who have been draining the coffers of the department could be pinpointed. We hope there is no foul play. Furthermore, the fire at the department offices signals the poor state of conditions in many health facilities in the province, where workers work under risky conditions and nothing gets addressed with the necessary speed.”