/ 8 September 2023

IN PICTURES: Joburg’s bad policies and burnt buildings

This week, the Mail & Guardian took a deep dive into the circumstances that surrounded the death of 77 people who were burnt to death in a building in the middle of Africa’s richest city.

Delwyn Verasamy’s photographs capture the despair of the abandoned people who live in Joburg’s decaying buildings.

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The remains of the burnt building in Johannesburg. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)
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Emergency medical services in the building at 80 Albert Street in Marshalltown, Johannesburg. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)
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The remains of the burnt building in Johannesburg. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)

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Just the beginning: The 80 Albert Street blaze was a tragedy waiting to happen – as are many other buildings in the city. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)

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State of disaster: Edith Mbambisa was one of 150 people sent to Moth. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)
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Councillors hold a press conference on the housing problem years in the making. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)
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80 Albert Street in Marshalltown caught fire last week and claimed the lives of 77 people.