The Commission of Inquiry into Usindiso Building fire in Marshalltown, which killed 77 people in August, will begin its hearings next week Thursday.
Retired Justice Sisi Khampepe revealed this made during a media briefing on the Commission of Inquiry today.
Justice Khampepe says the probe will include investigating the prevalence of abandoned and hijacked buildings in the CBD.
The public hearings will be held in Parktown, Johannesburg. However, Justice Khampepe says, in some cases, she might make an order that proceedings be held in camera.
The Marshalltown tragedy re-ignited the housing crisis debate in the country and the laws around evictions, which most of the time makes it difficult for authorities to deal with illegal building occupiers.
NGO, Rights Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), called on the City of Joburg to take the incident as a wake-up call to better take care of its buildings.
[WATCH]: The Commission of Inquiry into Usindiso Building chaired by Justice Sisi Khampepe today briefed members of the media on the Rules & Regulations and guidelines of the Commission. Justice Khampepe announced that the Commission will begin its hearings on the 26 October 2023 pic.twitter.com/8eXm8zDdEn
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Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa