COSATU Gauteng statement on the underground gas explosion incident in Johannesburg

COSATU Gauteng expresses deep concern regarding the mysterious underground gas explosion incident that occurred in the Johannesburg central business district this week, on Bree Street, which claimed a life and resulted in several injuries.

Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased, the injured and those that have lost their property due to this incident.

Several vehicles and the street were left damaged as a result of the explosion, this has left the residents along the street vulnerable and at risk of further danger.

This incident has dire consequences on the economy and the movement of the people as Bree Street connects to various transport modes.

We call for a speedy investigation on the source and cause of the incident and safety of all the buildings around Johannesburg.

We commend the prompt response of the emergency services and law enforcement agencies. We call for cooperation amongst all concerned to prioritize matters of safety.

We encourage all residents to remain vigilant, report any safety concerns, and follow the guidance provided by the authorities. Through collective efforts we can create a safer environment for all in Gauteng.

Issued by COSATU Gauteng

Provincial Chairperson – Amos Monyela: 079 493 5002

Provincial Secretary – Louisah Modikwe: 066 182 2402