joburgcitySunday Times reports that a name on a truck is cold comfort for a Newcastle father whose firefighter son died in the Bank of Lisbon fire in Johannesburg on 5 September last year.  

That, and R12,000 towards funeral costs, are all the family of Mduduzi Ndlovu, 40, have received from the city so far.  Almost a year after Ndlovu and his colleagues Simphiwe Moropane, 28, and Khathutshelo Muedi, 37, died in the blaze, their families have not received pension and provident fund payouts.  They are also no closer to finding out why they died.  However, City of Joburg emergency medical services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said an independent report on the fire had been finalised and the families would soon be briefed.  But he could not say if the report would be made public.  Mulaudzi blamed the families for the delay in payouts:  “Some relevant documentation was submitted by the three families.  However, there were issues pertaining to the correct beneficiaries, which require documentation.  These are legal processes.”  Since the blaze, the city has bought 40 new fire trucks that are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.  The new trucks will have the names of Moropane, Ndlovu and Muedi inscribed on them.  But Albert Ndlovu, father of Mduduzi Ndlovu, remarked:  “For them to put my son’s name on a truck after he died will not help me in any way.”  He insisting that neither his son’s pension nor provident fund had been paid over to the family.

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