The Minister of Health, Joseph Phaahla, has announced that the death toll has now climbed to 76, with two more people succumbing to their injuries in the hospital. This tragic incident has not only brought sorrow but also posed a challenging dilemma – how to identify those whose bodies have been burnt beyond recognition.
The Minister addressed the issue by explaining that when bodies are so severely burned that they cannot be positively identified through DNA analysis, the state will have no choice but to provide them with a respectful burial.
“However, this doesn’t mean that their identities will be forever lost to history. Relevant DNA records will be meticulously maintained, ensuring that their families can eventually find closure and answers to their lingering questions,” said Minister of Health Joe Phaahla.
The Joburg Fire has not only tested the resilience of the affected families but also the capacity of our healthcare and emergency services. The untiring efforts of medical professionals and first responders have been commendable throughout this ordeal.
The Joburg Fire is a somber chapter in our city’s history, one that will not be forgotten, and one that calls for solidarity and resilience in the face of adversity.