A man has been arrested in connection with 76 murders following his admission during a public inquiry that he was responsible for the fatal fire in a Johannesburg building last August.
According to authorities, the individual, who is 29 years old, admitted to the offence during his testimony at the inquiry.
A devastating fire engulfed the Usindiso building in Marshalltown, resulting in the tragic loss of 77 lives and causing numerous injuries.
The suspect is also being charged with arson and 120 counts of attempted murder.
The South African Police Service has announced that the suspect, whose identity remains undisclosed, is anticipated to make a court appearance in the near future.
The authorities stated that the individual admitted to their involvement in initiating the devastating fire.
The Usindiso building housed a large number of individuals, including some of the most economically disadvantaged members of South African society.
The fire brought attention to the problem of buildings that have been abandoned or neglected by their owners. These buildings often lack essential services like water and electricity, as well as proper fire safety measures.
Occasionally, certain buildings fall victim to criminal takeovers, where individuals make demands on the residents.
The Usindiso building was owned by the City of Johannesburg. Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda announced on Monday that a total of 188 buildings are currently under investigation, with 134 of them located in the inner city.
The ongoing public inquiry is currently gathering evidence on the tragic incident and the broader concern of hazardous structures. The final report is expected to be released later this year.