An investigation into the deadly Lillian Ngoyi (Bree) Street explosion that ripped through the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday is now being investigated by the Department of Labour.
The blast claimed the life of one person and left at least 48 others with injuries.
Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi told reporters that there is no confirmation yet regarding the cause of the explosion.
“We have preliminary reports from the Department of Labour. We’ve got reports of all institutions that have one form of infrastructure underground…Telkom, Egoli Gas, Sasol, City Power and all those institutions,” he said.
A preliminary report by the Department of Labour indicates that there may be similarities to an incident that occurred in 2010 in Yeoville, Lesufi stated.
“They’ve analysed the nature of the explosion and they also feel that there is a gas that they still want to experiment so that they can tell us the type of gas that they are sensing is responsible,” he explained.
The Premier said a consolidated report from all relevant stakeholders is being compiled and the area still remains under close guard.