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ANC statement on the tragic accident at the Durban Naval Base

L Mjobo

The ANC regrets the tragic loss of life which took place as a result of a gas leak in the Durban Naval Base on Friday the 17th February 2017. We offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the three workers killed, as well as the three members of the South African National Defence Force who were also killed in the accident.

We commend the heroic actions of those members of the South African National Defence Force who went to the aid of the distressed workers, and we also pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured in the incident.

The accident occurred when the Service Provider - Kwayando Investments, a registered mechanical contractor with CIDB grading - contracted by the Department of Public Works to carry out repairs on the naval base septic tank -attempted
to re-install a pump which had been removed for repairs. The six deceased were overcome by deadly methane gas which had built up in the septic tank.

The Departments of Defence and Public Works are cooperating fully with the investigation led by the Department of Labour. In the meantime the Department of Public Works is also conducting an urgent review of health and safety protocols, as well as a national risk assessment of all water treatment facilities under its purview.

We call on the House to join us in conveying condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.

     
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