Johannesburg – The Oasis Family Church in Daveyton was full on Friday with a lot of mourners who had gathered there to say goodbye to firefighter Simphiwe Morokane.
The 29-year-old man died last week during the fighting in the Bank of Lisbon building in the Joburg CBD. He and five other firefighters were stuck in the building without an escape route.
Morokane broke the window, but came out tragically and fell dead. Two other men, Mduduzi Ndlovu and Khathutshelo Muedi also died. One was burned while the other died of smoke inhalation. Later it appeared that people should not have worked in that building because it was only 21% in accordance with health and safety regulations.
The funeral of fireman Simphiwe Moropana, who fell from the 23rd floor of the JHB building in JHB, is now fighting during a fire at the Oasis of Life Family Church in Daveyton. @ReporterStar @TheStar_news pic.twitter.com/lSsSkYzCp1
During the funeral, Arthur Mqwa, acting chief of the Johannesburg ambulance service, said that Moropana did indeed live up to its name.
"Simphiwe was a gift for us and we thank his family for providing him to us." He is in a better place. "Firefighters do not die, they rest." he said.
Micheal Sun, MMC of security in the city of Joburg, said he had been heartbroken when he received news that the deceased firefighter would no longer report for the service.
"I am here today to say one thing to the family, we are indebted, because as long as we live, you have given us a person who has changed the lives of many," Sun said.