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Firefighters death: Disciplinary action to be taken after concluding investigations

The two firefighters died when they were trapped in a basement of a burning building last year.

FILE: Daniel Zwane and Michael Letsosa. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Emergency Services Department says it can only take disciplinary action against some of its members implicated in a report into the deaths of two of their colleagues, once investigations are complete.

Two weeks ago, the department released the findings of three separate probes into the deaths of Michael Letsosa and Daniel Zwane, indicating a failure by some members of the team.

Last year, the pair were trapped in a basement of a burning building where they had been dispatched to extinguish a fire.

The department's Robert Mulaudzi says reports have indicated that there was a deviation from command procedures, possible insubordination and a failure to appoint a safety officer.

"Now the investigators will be going to interview the relevant people with reference to what they were supposed to do on the night in question, for instance the engine commander."

But he says before the department can take action, internal investigators must gather evidence to determine what disciplinary action to take.

"So that the people who are supposed to be accountable can be able to account."

Mulaudzi says this includes taking statements from people who were there on the night, to finally conclude the matter almost a year later.