UPDATE ON BOKSBURG TANKER EXPLOSION
On 24 December 2022, an LPG tanker exploded in Boksburg, which to date has needlessly claimed the lives of 38 people.
I want to take this opportunity once again to pass on my sincere condolences to everyone who has suffered as a result of this tragedy and offer my thoughts and prayers to the families who have lost loved ones.
I also want to thank the outpouring of support from civil society, NGOs, faith-based organizations, unions, residents, and other spheres of government.
Without you, our relief efforts would have not been as impactful as they have been.
There are numerous theories as to what happened on the day circulating in the media and doing the rounds on social media – many of which have not been factually verified and are tantamount to hearsay.
Since the day of the explosion, various departments in the city have been working tirelessly to ensure that a thorough and meaningful investigation takes place to ascertain what happened on the day and the way forward.
Today (9 January 2023) I had a meeting with Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs), Chief of Police, various Heads of Departments (HODs) and senior officials to get feedback on what the status is of the investigation.
I am pleased with the progress that is being made in this regard and expect a final report to come to the Mayoral Committee this month which will subsequently be presented to Council.
The City is exploring its legal options to act against both the company that owns the truck and the driver of the truck.
We are of the opinion that there is sufficient evidence to do so. More information in this regard will be communicated in due course. Once all investigations are concluded, we will show no fear nor favour in holding those responsible to account.