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Shack fires prompt Gauteng MEC to demand proof of building ownership

This comes after the death of a one-year-old in a fire that gutted 120 shacks at an abandoned factory in Marlboro, north of Johannesburg at the weekend.

FILE: Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile is demanding proof of ownership of certain buildings in the province which are being illegally occupied or are dilapidated.

This comes after the death of a one-year-old in a fire that gutted 120 shacks at an abandoned factory in Marlboro, north of Johannesburg at the weekend.

The fire has left dozens of people displaced.

Initial investigations revealed the blaze was caused after a stove was left switched on.

The MEC’s spokesperson Mogomotsi Mogodiri says: “The MEC will like to call upon all property owners, whether they be factories or apartments which are illegally occupied or abandoned, to report to the department with their safety certificate as part of ensuring that our city's clean and they are rid of crime.”