Man stuck after Jhb fire claiming 76


A man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the fire in August in Marshalltown, Johannesburg, which claimed the lives of 76 people.

The 29-year-old man was arrested after he admitted before the Khampepe commission of inquiry into the fire that he started it, says col. Police spokesperson Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi.

“He is expected to appear in a Johannesburg court soon on charges of arson, 76 charges of murder and 120 charges of attempted murder.”

The devastating fire in the Usindiso building on the corner of Albert and Delver Street claimed the lives of 76 people in the early morning hours of 31 August.

The commission of inquiry into the fire was appointed by Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng premier, and began its activities in October.

The investigation is conducted in two phases. The circumstances surrounding the devastating fire were investigated during the first phase. The appearance of so-called hijacked buildings (by crime syndicates) in the Johannesburg city center also received attention in this phase of the investigation.

The second phase of the investigation, which began this month, includes the necessary observations and findings about who should accept liability or responsibility for the tragedy.

Sisi Khampepe, retired judge of the Constitutional Court, was named chairman of the commission. Adv. Thulani Makhubela and Vuyelwa Mathilda Mabena will assist Khampepe in the independent investigation.