Tebogo Msimanga |
The South African National Civic Association (SANCO) in the North West has called for an independent urgent investigation into the functionality of the Mahikeng Local Municipality Fire and Emergency Service. This follows a fire that reportedly gutted part of the iconic Mmabatho Palms Hotel in Mahikeng in the early hours of Wednesday.
SANCO Provincial Chairperson Paul Sebegoe said while they are relieved that no fatalities and or serious injuries were reported among hotel guests, they are extremely concerned that every fire that has occurred within the jurisdiction of the municipality has had a devastating impact on the local economy and provision of services.
Sebegoe stressed that this situation cannot be left unresolved “as it is unsustainable as it puts critical public and private infrastructure in the provincial capital as well as lives that should be protected in the event of a fire at great risk.”
He suggested that the probe should among others investigate slow reaction as well as whether the fire and emergency function is ill-equipped, inadequately resourced and or simply mismanaged.
“Law enforcement agencies and the provincial disaster management structure must not leave any stone unturned,” Concluded Sebegoe.