The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Gauteng deeply mourns the tragic loss of five innocent children in a devastating fire that occurred at Itireleng informal settlement, Laudium, Pretoria on the 27th of August 2023. Our hearts go out to the grieving families affected by this heart-breaking incident.

The incident unfolded tragically as the children’s mothers were reportedly at a local tavern when a devastating fire erupted. It was a harrowing night, marked by the ominous glow of flames that engulfed their home. The incident served as reminder of the importance of vigilance and prioritizing the safety of loved ones, especially in the face of unforeseen emergencies.

COSATU Gauteng calls for a thorough and expedited investigation into the cause of the fire, with a focus on uncovering the truth and ensuring accountability where warranted.  The province further commends the police for the quick arrest made and we call for judiciary departments to ensure accountability.

COSATU in the province emphasizes the importance of providing adequate housing and the need for improving the safety and well-being of all residents. We strive to advocate for policies and initiatives that not only address the housing crisis but also foster an environment where residents can thrive, ensuring that their fundamental rights to shelter and well-being are upheld.

We call upon the relevant authorities, including the City of Tshwane, to provide the necessary support to the families affected by this incident. We urge all the communities, authorities, and parents to prevent future tragedies like the one witnessed in Laudium.

Our hope is that through collective efforts, we can create a safer and more responsible environment for all children.


Issued by COSATU Gauteng

Provincial Chairperson – Amos Monyela: 079 493 5002

Provincial Secretary – Louisah Modikwe: 066 182 2402