Fire proves the apartheid ethos of the Central Pass Office hasn't died

The way the City of Johannesburg treats occupants of 'hijacked' buildings harks back to the dark days of apartheid, writes Nkosinathi Sithole

10 September 2023 - 00:00 By Nkosinathi Sithole

On the morning of August 31 2023, Johannesburg residents woke up to the devastating news, that made international headlines, of at least 30 lives being lost in a fire in one of the inner-city buildings owned by the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. The number of deaths would rise to 77...

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