Firefighters are set to break their silence about the circumstances that lead to the deaths of three of their colleagues in a harrowing blaze in downtown Johannesburg three weeks ago. “The firefighters and their union have kept a respectful silence‚ only broken at the packed Johannesburg Arena Memorial and at the three gravesites of their fallen comrades‚” Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Demawusa) national co-ordinator Stephen Faulkner said on Wednesday. But come midday on Thursday‚ that silence is set to be broken, when Demawusa and the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) host a press conference in Braamfontein. “They [the firefighters] are breaking their silence to give a first-hand account of what exactly happened on that fateful day and what needs to be done to prevent any further tragedies of this type‚” Faulkner said. “The firefighters will be revealing who they believe to be responsible for the appalling state of the fire service an...

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