Johannesburg - “What's done is done - and at the end of the day, a person's destiny lies in the hands of God."
These were the painful and accepting words of a colleague of the three fallen fighters who died last week at the Lisbon building putting out a fire.
Simphiwe Sibiya was speaking at the official memorial service of Simphiwe Moropane, Mduduzi Ndlovu and Khathutshelo Muedi who died last week.
Sibiya said if the building that was housing three government departments complied to all the safety standards, they would have successfully managed to put the fire.
"I saw the fire behave in another way. And that is because the building did not comply. I've never seen that and it's a painful lesson more so, because I learned through people's lives," he said