7 confirmed dead in Joburg CBD building fire

Marco Green
July 6, 2017

One person died after jumping out of the burning high rise building, while officials said the rest burnt to death.

A number of fires have broken out at the Cape York before‚ with reports suggesting that authorities had warned the owners to deal with potential fire hazards.

In 2013 a fire killed four people in the same building, which had no running water or electricity at the time, South Africa's Sunday Times reported, but occupants moved back in soon afterward.

MUST WATCH: Video footage of the Cape York fire.

7 confirmed dead in Joburg CBD building fire
7 confirmed dead in Joburg CBD building fire

According to Mbalula, when he visited the building, he was met by residents from different parts of the country and also from neighbouring countries.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba told local media the building was illegally occupied and such "hijacked" buildings now posed a crisis in the city.

Mbalula said he planned to work with the City of Johannesburg in making the Johannesburg CBD safe.

"This is why we need to work with the city and other relevant departments in addressing this issue".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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